The latest striker-based Newcastle rumour to emerge in the tabloids is an audacious swoop for Sunderland starlet Connor Wickham, which would make him the second player to cross the Tyne-Wear divide this summer following the free signing of Jack Colback.
The 21 year-old’s Stadium of Light career hasn’t always been plain sailing following his £8million move from Ipswich in 2011, but he scored a vital five goals at the end of last season to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League, netting against Manchester City and Chelsea and providing an assist against Manchester United. This near-post finish particularly caught the eye:
Returns of 17 in 37 for England across the junior levels and 9 in 17 on loan to Sheffield Wednesday last term further back the 6 foot 3 forward’s goal-scoring credentials. Here’s the highlights from his short stay at Hillsborough:
Allegiances to the local rivals aside, Wickham would be a good signing for the Magpies, offering fire-power and longevity. Furthermore, with just a year left on his current contract, the Daily Mail believe the England U21 could be available for as little as £6million this summer.
But recent speculation suggests Newcastle will have to battle it out with West Ham for his signature: