Bruce: AJ could’ve been cool for Cats

The Sunderland boss was keen to land the former Middlesbrough

winger and were close to sealing a deal. However, Manchester City

won the day with their late move for the 22-year-old winger and

Bruce concedes he would have liked to have snapped up Johnson. “I’m

happy with the business we’ve done, but, yes, I’d have loved to

have brought Adam in as well,” said Bruce. “We had him watched two,

three, four times and more and he was a player we really liked the

look of. “He was a local lad as well and I’m sure our fans would

have taken him to their hearts but it wasn’t to be. “The lad made a

decision that he had every right to and we move on.” Johnson was

not the only target Bruce missed out in January but he insists he

was happy with what he got as he signed Matt Kilgallon, Alan Hutton

and Benjani. “I’m delighted to get Matt and Alan and Benjani,” he

said. “I think they will be three very good signings for us.

“They’ve all come here with a really good attitude, they really

want to play and make a contribution. “And, in my opinion, we’ve

got three very good Premiership players who are going to strengthen

us for the run-in. “I said at the start of the window that it

wasn’t easy to do business in this month. I said at the start of

the window that we’d probably only make two or three signings. And

that’s exactly how it’s turned out. “But, overall, I’ve got to be

happy that I have managed to bring in some good players to address

some of the problems that were concerning us. “Alan and Matt are

going to really help us in defence, while we needed someone like

Benjani with all his attributes and Premier League experience up

front.”