Wickham could complete move today

CONNOR Wickham is set to become a Sunderland player within the next 24 hours, for a fee that could rise to over �12million.

CONNOR Wickham is set to become a Sunderland player within the next 24 hours, for a fee that could rise to over �12million.

The Ipswich Town teenager travelled up to the North-East last night, to discuss personal terms. He is set to have a medical today.

Portman Road officials remained tight-lipped yesterday, after sources in Sunderland had suggested that Town had accepted a bid of �13million from the Black Cats for their star striker, and that talks were ongoing.

The fee will probably be undisclosed, although it is understood that Town will receive a down payment of �9m, with the final figure rising to more than �12m based on appearances.


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That will double Town’s current record transfer fee received for a player, following Kieron Dyer’s �6m switch to Newcastle United in the summer of 1999, and keeper Richard Wright’s move to Arsenal for the same fee two years later.

The mere fact that Town had accepted a bid for Wickham, after months of speculation, proved that the Suffolk club were finally prepared to let their biggest asset go this summer.

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It was initially thought that Wickham and his agent might decide to hold fire and see if any of the Premier League’s high-fliers came in with a rival bid, with Liverpool thought to be leading the chasing pack.

But Sunderland boss Steve Bruce’s attempt to steal a march on the bigger guns, with this audacious offer, appears to have paid off.

Town boss Paul Jewell therefore looks set to have extra funds to bolster his squad.

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