English midfielder Jack Rodwell has signed a five-year contract to complete his move from Manchester City to Sunderland, for a fee of £10m.

Jack Rodwell progressed through the ranks at Everton, before he signed for Manchester City in 2012. The 23-year-old was one of the most highly rated talent in England back then, but his progress as a footballer seemed to have halted following his move to the City of Manchester Stadium. The English midfielder faced a lot of fitness concerns during his two-year spell at Man City and subsequently dropped down the pecking order at the club.

Rodwell made only 26 appearances for the Citizens in the last two seasons and was desperate to leave the club this summer in search of regular first team action. The arrival of Fernando Reges from Porto earlier this summer meant he would have found it hard to gain any playing time at Manchester City next season.

Sunderland showed interest in signing Rodwell as Gus Poyet was keen to add more quality to the midfield following the departure of Jack Colback, Craig Gardner and David Vaughan this summer. After managing to escape relegation last season, Poyet is looking to rebuild the team and improve their performances.

The Black Cats’ reported £10m bid for Jack Rodwell was accepted by Manchester City and the former Everton midfielder has been official unveiled as a Sunderland player.

“Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.

“The highly sought-after 23-year-old has penned a five-year deal on Wearside and joins for an undisclosed fee.” – Read a statement published on Sunderland’s official website.

Rodwell becomes Poyet’s fifth signing of the summer, but their most expensive one till now. He becomes the second Manchester City player to join Sunderland, following the arrival of Costel Pantilimon earlier this summer, on a free transfer. Patrick van Aanholt, Jordi Gomez and Billy Jones are the other new arrivals in this transfer window.