Gordon agrees £9m Sunderland switch

August 7, 2007
By ESPNsoccernet

Sunderland have clinched a record-breaking £9million deal for Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon, according to media reports.

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The transfer fee is the largest paid by a British club for a goalkeeper and also breaks The Black Cats' club record fee of £6.75m, spent on Tore Andre Flo five years ago.

The highly-rated 24-year-old Scotland international had been expected to hold talks with Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill before making his choice.

But Gordon has agreed a five-year with Sunderland's after undergoing a medical at the club on Tuesday.

It is understood that Sunderland will pay an initial £7m, plus £2m in future payments dependent on appearances.

Gordon had spent two days training with Sunderland after a fee was agreed with Hearts.