Black Cats strike Chopra deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland have agreed a £5million fee with Cardiff City for top scorer Michael Chopra.Sunderland have agreed a £5million fee with Cardiff City for top scorer Michael Chopra.
The former Newcastle United striker enjoyed an impressive debut season at Ninian Park, notching 22 goals in 42 Championship appearances.
He also scored both goals in Cardiff's 2-1 win at Sunderland last October and is now discussing a move to the Stadium of Light.
Bluebirds boss Dave Jones recently revealed the club had fielded no offers for the 23-year-old and stressed his wish to hang on to Chopra.
But Jones told the South Wales Echo: ?I am sorry to see him go, everybody in the camp is.
?But at the end of the day there is a price for every player. The money could go on to make us stronger.
?This is good business for us and after all, we are in a business. And for Michael it means Premiership football ? we cannot stop him. We wish him all the best with Sunderland.?
Roy Keane has moved for Chopra after pulling out of a £6million deal to sign David Nugent from Preston North End.
Meanwhile, Iraq international Nashat Akram is still waiting for an update on Sunderland's reported interest in his services.
The midfielder claimed last month that talks were being held over a potential move from his current Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab, but has heard nothing since.
Akram said: "I haven't heard anything. My agent is dealing with everything, but for now I am playing at the Asian Cup and I am concentrating only on this.
"I have never spoken to anyone at Sunderland, only my agent has talked to them.
"Of course I'd like to play in the Premier League, everybody wants to play there.
"I know about their coach Roy Keane and that would be good for me and good for Iraqi people."