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.
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.
What do you think?
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