BIRMINGHAM City midfielder Jobe Bellingham was on Wearside on Saturday as the Birmingham City midfielder closes in on a move to Sunderland.

Bellingham, the younger brother of England and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude, was in attendance at the Stadium of Light for Sunderland's 2-1 win over Luton Town.

Boss Tony Mowbray was coy on the issue when quizzed on Bellingham after the game, but it's understood the 17-year-old is on the verge of completing a move to Sunderland.

Bellingham made his Birmingham debut when he was just 16 and has made 22 league appearances for the Blues this season.


Sunderland coach Mike Dodds knows Bellingham and his older brother well having worked at Birmingham before joining the Black Cats.

Quizzed on Bellingham after the game, Mowbray said: "As I've said to you before it (transfers) is not part of my remit. I'm the head coach, I coach the football team, I don't get involved too much on who we might sign.

"One of our coaches is very close to the Bellingham family, he talks on national telly sometimes about his big brother at Dortmund. Maybe he's just come to watch a big game as their season has finished, I don't know the answer to that and it's not something I'm privy to."