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Newcastle After New Striker Target

1:45 pm, Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Well would you believe it – but there seems to be a chance that 21 year-old Sunderland striker Connor Whickham, who was once a Newcastle target, could be signed by the Magpies at a cut price £6M – or even less than that.

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Connor Whickham - Sunderland striker

And if that happens it would mean a second Sunderland player defecting from the Black Cats to join Newcastle United – after we signed free agent Jack Colback in June.

It seems that Connor – who scored 7 goals in just 14 appearances for Sunderland last season,  and helped the Black Cats survive by scoring five goals in the last few games of the season, has only one year left on his contract, and does not seem too keen to sign a new deal to stay on Wearside.

This is what Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has said about the situation with Connor:

¨For me, Connor’s situation is clear. He needs to sign a new contract or we let him go – we sell him. There is nothing in between.¨

So there you have it – Sunderland will likely have to sell Whickham before September rolls around.

Whickham has not made too much progress since he signed on three years ago for a whopping £9M from Ipswich, although he has been loan to a number of clubs during that time, including Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.

Wickham lives in Newcastle and was part of the Reading Youth Academy when Alan Pardew was the manager down south – so he already has come loose connections to Newcastle.

Sunderland have lost a number of their players already this summer with Jack Colback, Phil Bardsley, Craig Gardner and David Vaughan  already having left the club.

And Whickham showed he can play the lone striker role up front,  when he was used in that position towards the end of last season, when he was preferred to the American International striker Jozy Altidore, and Connor  looked a very good player in those last few games of the season – and his goals helped save the Black Cats.

Altidore scored only two goals in all of 38 games last season for Sunderland – a tally he equalled in just one game for the US – when he scored both goals in the World Cup warm up game against Nigeria in Jacksonville on 7th June, which the US won 2-1.

Connor Whickham could round out Newcastle’s group of strikers for the coming season,  with the Magpies already having brought in Manu Riviere from Monaco  and youngster Ayoze Perez from Tenerife, and we are expected to sign Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk, with the deal just being announced by Newcastle.

And we also have Siem de Jong, who has shown he can score goals while at Ajax.

And Newcastle still have Senegal International striker Papiss Cisse, who is recovering from a broken knee cap.

Connor Whickham could well fit the bill on Tyneside, and he wouldn’t have to move from where he resides right now – which is in Newcastle.

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Yup.

    We just have to sign a shola replacement.

    Here comes 20 goals in 14 seasons wonder.

  • 2 check the toastie // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Obertan is the new Ronaldo.

  • 3 sparky55 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    now funky has signed it sets us up perfectly to go 3-5-2 like all the good teams.

    goalie

    taylor collo mbiwa

    Sissoko tiote anita remy gouffy

    SDJ CHUCKY

    This gives us speed down the wings for breaking fast, both these ‘wing backs’ (sissoko and gouffy) have pace going forward and know how to tackle back, a great midfield three (one destroyer and two playmakers) with SDJ just behind / alongside chuck.

    no more getting overran in midfield, no more long punts, good footballers in the middle where we need them, good outlets out wide with pace and power and who can track back, finishing off with two great strikers…what more could you ask for…

    …but the thing is Pardew is in charge…so dream on!

  • 4 Novocastrian66 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    No chance.

  • 5 Pardews Prolific Boys // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Love the comments section here. Nowt but slagging off of our players and manager. Turning positives into sarcastic negatives

  • 6 check the toastie // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Sparky – dream on – think your forgetting we have a dinosaur in charge.

  • 7 check the toastie // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Wonder when we score more than one goal this season, I reckon it wont be until the manager is sacked.

  • 8 Belfast // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Absolute bollox story.

    Don’t even think he’s all that great anyway.

  • 9 colwell // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Anyone notice Santa Cruz actually out pacing Colo with the ball and running away from him yesterday? Santa Cruz has never had any pace, it shows how slow Colo has become.

    Richards would be the PERFECT signing for us. Strong very quick and awesome in the air him and MYM would be a good partnership and will add the much needed pace at the back. Every time we play any team that has strikers with an ounce of pace Colo and Willo have shockers. Pards works on defensive play the most time to back him with defenders.

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    As I mentioned on previous, different test today

    Mistakes were admitted and a stronger squad and more positive performance promised today
    Personally hope he delivers on that promise could do with a good performance

  • 11 Ian Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    tequilamag- Just passing through but read enough to see that your on fire- rapier like.

    I feel pre season that you should not expect too much and treat success and failure the same. I didn’t start off with the intention of quoting Kipling. Your words of wisdom on the purpose and ambition of a successful pre season are sound. Looking back on pre seasons past, respective fortunes were not indicative of how we subsequently faired when it mattered. I once raised the whole subject with Alan Shearer who candidly admitted that watching him at such times was not worth the admission money. I have seen few such games live ever since.

    In short things are not as bad as many seem to think. However, I must confess that I would feel a good deal more relaxed about what the season has in store for us if we were to buy a creative midfielder, a brute of a CB and a proven PL goalscorer.

  • 12 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Prolific Boys, which positive aspect of 14 losses in 20 games are you talking about?

  • 13 Mag52 // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Prolific boys. The irony of it all is that if we had signed nobody, the posters with the anti Pardew agenda would be letting us all know how disastrous that is.
    There’s no knowing how successful a signing is going to be until he’s at least had a chance to play a few games for a team. To slag him off before that makes little sense.

  • 14 Therapyman // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    I agree with Mag52..

  • 15 Mag52 // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    LR 32. I imagine the positive aspect that Prolific Boys could be referring to is the fact that we are soon to start the 2014/15 season with a number of new signings, most of whom look encouraging for the team in the season ahead.
    We are not continuing the 2013/14 season hampered by the ridiculous sale of our key player with a corresponding loss of moral, and certain players looking to play in a forthcoming World Cup.

  • 16 dcdick // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Pardew Out !!!

  • 17 g.s.tooner // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    It doesnt make sense to have 5 strikers on the books. Perez ferreyra riviera cisse wickham. Wickham coming in would mean cisse’s going. Would rather give cisse a chance to find previous form than unproven striker like wickham.




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