Adam Johnson: I couldn't turn down once-in-a-lifetime Man City
Published 20:02 01/02/10 By David Maddock
MANCHESTER City completed the only significant purchase in the transfer window when they snapped up Adam Johnson for £7million.
And the England under-21 international admitted that he was given an offer he simply couldn't refuse, when deciding to leave Middlesbrough, the club he joined as a 12 year old.
City hurried the winger through a medical just before the 5pm deadline to enable them to register his papers with the Premier League in time to complete the transfer.
And Johnson revealed his excitement at the move, when he said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn't turn down.
"I'm ambitious, and Gordon Strachan understood that. He was fantastic from day one, and I'm thankful for that, and forever thankful to Middlesbrough for what they did for me.
"I've been with them since I was 12 so I'll be forever grateful, and I hope they get promoted this season. It's been a tough day leaving there, but it's nice to get signed and I can't wait to get started."
Manager Roberto Mancini insisted that the big outlay for the promising youngster shows the desire of the Eastlands club to invest in the best of British talent, and give them a home-grown heart.
Speaking after the deal was completed, he said: "We are delighted that he has signed for us, because as a club Manchester City are always keen to sign and promote the best of British talent.
"He is already a very good player with fantastic potential, and we are pleased that he chose to join us here."
Mancini may have finally got his man when Johnson arrived from Boro, but he missed out on two deals as the deadline approached.
First, City were denied a work permit for Kenya international midfielder McDonald Mariga, who instead moved to Inter Milan from Parma yesterday, when his £7million move to Manchester broke down.
When that deal failed to materialise yesterday, City swiftly attempted to switch their sights to Real Madrid's Argentina international midfielder Fernando Gago, but even though talks went on right up to the 5pm deadline, they were unable to finalise terms on a £15million switch.