Fulham striker David Healy is reported to have been in Sunderland yesterday to have a medical and is expected to complete his move by the end of the week, with Dickson Etuhu, the midfield player, moving the other way.

Healy is deemed surplus to first-team requirements at Craven Cottage as Fulham boss Roy Hodgson revealed an attacking partnership of Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson would be favoured.

Despite lighting up the international stage for Northern Ireland, David Healy could never recapture his N. Ireland form for club side Fulham.

Roy Keane, the Sunderland manager, is eager to offer a swap deal to the Cottagers involving the Mackem’s Dickson Etuhu.

While Hodgson is looking for a defensive midfielder who could provide effective cover for Danny Murphy.

The Nigerian international, 26 years-old and 6′ 2″, signed a four-year contract just last year, but it looks increasingly as though Etuhu will be a player who will be allowed to leave the club if the right offer comes along. And, at the moment, Fulham are favourites to provide it.