Former MLS star Stern John
was sold by Coventry of the English League Championship (second level) to rival Sunderland in a move the Black Cats hope will lead
to promotion to the Premier League.
John, who signed a contract through the 2008-09 season, is Manager Roy Keane
's sixth signing since the
transfer window opened on Jan. 1.
"Hopefully I can get a few goals for Sunderland," said
John. "It's a fantastic move for me, a new
start at a massive club and a new opportunity to show what I can do."
Sunderland, which is tied for eighth place and in a battle for a spot in the promotion playoffs, is the fifth English
club for the 30-year-old John, who played two seasons with the Columbus Crew after moving to MLS from the A-League in 1998. John has scored 60 league goals in eight seasons with Nottingham Forest,
Birmingham, Derby and Coventry.