Leeds United have completed the signing of Sunderland striker Connor Wickham on loan for the remainder of the season, reports the Daily Star.

The England Under-21 international has struggled for regular first team football at the Stadium of Light under Gus Poyet, and is now eyeing a push for the play-offs with his new club.

“I need to be playing football,” Wickham said.

“I’d been playing at [Sheffield] Wednesday and I knew there was some interest in me, but I just needed to focus on playing football.”Once I heard Leeds were interested in signing me there were no other choices and no doubt I wanted to come.“I played against Leeds earlier this season with Sheffield Wednesday. The potential here is big.

“There are some players here that I know already, and the team is looking to push towards the Play-Offs. Hopefully I can help with that.

“I just want to play football and do the best I can, and hopefully push the team into the promotion picture.”

Manager Brian McDermott was delighted to complete the signing of the 20-year-old.

“We are delighted to have signed Connor until the end of the season,” McDermott said.

“There was a lot of competition for his signature, but he was very keen to come and play at Leeds United.

“He is another young English player who has everything in front of him.”

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