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Sunderland are set to sign Stern John from Coventry City.

The striker was in the North-East for a medical this morning and if all goes to plan he could be in Roy Keane's squad for tomorrow's game against Crystal Palace.

Sunderland have agreed an undisclosed fee for the former Nottingham Forest and Birmingham targetman who has scored six goals for Coventry this season.

The Trinidad and Tobago international is out of contract with the Sky Blues this summer.

Keane said: "We've agreed a fee over the weekend with Coventry in terms of bringing Stern in and we're looking to finalise that.

"He's a powerful lad and sometimes we've lacked an aerial threat, especially since Browny [Chris Brown] left. We hope Stern will play a part in help us get promotion."

John joined Coventry in September 2004 for £200,000 from Birmingham and has scored 29 goals in 88 appearances for them, including one against Sunderland on the opening day of this season.

If the deal goes through, John will become the third T&T international on Sunderland's books, following Dwight Yorke and Carlos Edwards to Wearside.

John has been a virtual ever-present for Coventry this season.