Sunderland have signed Hull City defender Michael Turner for an undisclosed fee.
Hull boss Phil Brown said offers for Turner, had been “getting towards a ridiculous valuation”. Earlier this month it was reported Liverpool had a £6m bid for Turner turned down, with Hull demanding £12m for the highly rated defender.
As well as Liverpool, Turner was linked with Fulham but he has now become Bruce’s seventh signing of the summer.
“A big factor in attracting me was manager Steve Bruce,” Turner told Sunderland’s website. “He has a real pedigree.”
“Michael is one of the country’s premier central defenders and I have had my eye on him for a while,” added Bruce.
“I’ve been looking to add size and strength to the back line and Michael fits the bill perfectly in that respect, as well as being an excellent technical footballer.
“He has developed immeasurably as a player while with Hull. I am extremely confident he will continue that progress with Sunderland and go on to be a big success.”
Turner began his career at Charlton before moving to Brentford and then to Hull for £350,000 in 2006, playing 146 games and scoring 13 goals.