Bruce targets Neill
Phil Bardsley, who avoided Bruces cull, will have four months to prove their worth or face being shipped out when the transfer window re-opens on January 1. Bruce failed with a one year loan move for Egypt winger Ahmed Al-Muhammadi after his club ENPPI rejected the approach. Bruce was unwilling to sign the 21- year-old on a permanent deal after experiencing problems with fellow Egyptian Amr Zaki at Wigan last season. ENPPI can confirm that the offer from Sunderland was not at a satisfactory level and not up to scratch, said a statement from the Egyptian outfit. To take the player on loan for the rest of the season is completely unacceptable, considering the name and the quality of the player. Al- Muhammadi is a player of a high calibre who doesnt need to prove his worth yet again. In the meantime, new signing Michael Turner confirmed that the prospect of working with Bruce was key to agreeing a £6.5m move to Wearside. A lot of things attracted me to Sunderland, the facilities, the stadium, the fan base. But a big factor was the manager, he noted. Steve Bruce is a proven manager, played in my position as a player and hopefully he can add to my game. He has a real pedigree and did a great job at Wigan. As soon as I knew of their interest there was only one place I wanted to go. With the deadline coming up it all happened quite quickly after I found out Sunderland were interested. I have played at the Stadium of Light two or three times and it is an unbelievable place, one of my favourites. The signings which have already been made show Sunderland want to move in the right direction and I want to be part of that. Bruce commented: Michael is one of the countrys premier central defenders. His aerial ability provides us with another dimension at set-pieces."