Sporting director Kristjaan Speakman has spoken about the club’s contract talks with a number of players heading towards the end of their deals, with Wyke being one of them. Speakman has said that it will be difficult for Sunderland to retain some of their players because they have other clubs who are interested in signing them and that makes it tough for him to negotiate extended contracts.
Wyke is out of contract at the end of the month and a host of Championship clubs are reportedly keen on the striker ahead of the summer window. According to Sky Sports Transfer Centre, as per the Nottingham Post, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff are all keen on the 28-year-old.
Speakman told Sunderland’s official website:
“It’s always going to be a difficult period because they are players that have done well for us, hence we want to re-engage them.
“But obviously because they’ve done well for Sunderland, there’s other people going, ‘these guys have done well for Sunderland, and we would also be interested in them’.
“It’s going to be a piece of work which we want to try and reduce the timeline as quick as possible, and therefore it helps us on our platform for where we’re going and who we might be looking at in the future months.”
Lee Johnson will be gutted if Sunderland fail to agree fresh terms with Wyke in the next few weeks. The £270k-rated striker’s impact at the Stadium of Light has been undeniable, with an incredible return of 25 goals in League One as Sunderland missed out on promotion after losing in the play-offs.
Wyke led Sunderland’s attack throughout the campaign and was their main source for goals, with 19 more goals than the second-top scorer in the squad. Grant Leadbitter was Sunderland’s next highest scorer, with seven strikes, and Chris Maguire’s tally of five was the most any of Wyke’s fellow attackers managed. This shows how important Wyke’s goals were to Sunderland and why the beast could be a gigantic loss for Johnson.
Johnson will be losing his most influential attacking threat for nothing if Speakman is unable to pin Wyke down to a new contract. Wyke’s impact could be incredibly difficult to replace in the transfer market as Sunderland will need to avoid repeating their previous mistake with Will Grigg. Sunderland reportedly paid £3.06m to sign Grigg from Wigan to lead their attack, only for the Northern Ireland international to score five goals in his first 38 league matches for the club.
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