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Connor Wickham | Forward

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (21) / 3/31/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 161

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Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal.
Wickham was in the final season of the four-year contract he signed on his arrival from Ipswich for £8.1m in June 2011 and had been linked to moves to West Ham and Newcastle back in the summer, but this deal ends all speculation. The 21-year-old was key to Sunderland's survival last season and has scored three times this campaign, establishing himself as a regular first team player. "I think it was very important to tie down a young English centre forward as there are not many around," said Black Cars boss Gus Poyet. "This shows clearly the way this football club wants to progress." Dec 10 - 6:35 AM
Source: BBC Sport


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Connor Wickham scored the lone goal for Sunderland in the 19th minute vs Manchester City Wednesday night.

The goal, which put Sunderland up 1-0 at the time came off a deflected clearance for City defender Pablo Zabaleta. Sunderland were lucky to get on the scoresheet as they were outmatched for pretty much the entire 90 minutes. The goal was Wickham's second of the season and his first since October 4.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 3 - 5:21 PM

Sunderland have rejected a bid for striker Connor Wickham from West Ham, BBC Newcastle understands.

West Ham are believed to have offered £4m for 21-year-old Wickham, who helped Gus Poyet's side avoid Premier League relegation last season. The deal would be to replace the injured Andy Carroll, but Sunderland have rejected the bid, despite the fact Wickham is entering the final year of his deal meaning and could leave for a reduced fee next summer if he fails to sign a contract extension.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 15 - 3:56 AM

Sunderland are prepared to offload Connor Wickham if the Great Escape hero doesn’t pen a new deal at the Stadium of Light, admits Gus Poyet.

Wickham's goals saved Sunderland from relegation last season and he has been in discussions over a new deal all summer, but the club and the player have yet to come to an agreement. The 21-year-old forward is entering the final year of his deal meaning he could leave for a reduced fee next summer if he fails to sign a contract extension, so Poyet has claimed Sunderland will need to cash in now rather than lose millions in 12 months. "For me, Connor’s situation is clear," said Poyet."He needs to sign a new contract or we let him go – we sell him. There is nothing in between."
Aug 1 - 6:06 AM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has signed a new deal that will keep him at the Stadium of Light until 2016.

Poyet was in charge of the great escape after Sunderland looked doomed for relegation back in April, with a late run that included four straight wins against Chelsea, Manchester United, Cardiff and West Brom. He also took the side to the League Cup final, narrowly losing to Manchester City, and got the best out of the squad including rejuvenating forgotten man Connor Wickham. The new deal will provide some stability to the Black Cats after two years of turmoil, with the club hoping to look upwards rather than towards the relegation zone next season.
Source: BBC Sport
May 29 - 4:24 AM

Connor Wickham continued his razor sharp form by bagging a brace and Sunderland move out of the relegation zone with a dominant 4-0 win over Cardiff City.

There is no striker in the league as hot as Wickham right now, an incredible circumstance considering the Black Cats began the day at the bottom of the table and Wickham being only a month removed from virtually no playing time. He now has 5 goals in three matches as he and Fabio Borini completely out-muscled and out-hustled the Cardiff defense. Wickham scored the opener with a header off a corner kick, then was denied a clear goal scoring opportunity by Juan Cala which provoked a red card and a penalty converted by Borini just before the break. The route was on in the second half as Emanuele Giaccherini slotted home their third goal and Wickham added his second of the day late on. With a game in hand on the three clubs below them, Sunderland are in good shape to stay up in the top flight, and with their current form, offer plenty of prospects in fantasy for their upcoming double gameweek.
Apr 27 - 9:03 AM

Manchester City dropped points in their attempt to close in on their Premier League title-chasing rivals, drawing 2-2 with Sunderland.

Who saw this coming? Rock-bottom Sunderland have been woeful for the past month and looked doomed to another defeat when Fernandinho opened the scoring for Manchester City after just two minutes. However, the Black Cats then put on an excellent showing and their hard work was rewarded with 17 minutes to go, as forgotten man Connor Wickham equalised, before shocking the Etihad by scoring a second goal ten minutes later. The goals looked to have given Sunderland a relegation life-line, but with two minutes left goalkeeper Vito Mannone fumbled Samir Nasri's shot over the line, which earnt City an undeserved draw. A point does neither side much good though, as Gus Poyet's men are set for the drop, while City sit six points behind leaders Liverpool and four behind Chelsea with only one of their games in hand remaining.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 16 - 5:10 PM

Struggling Sunderland have recalled striker Connor Wickham from his loan spell at Leeds as head coach Gus Poyet searches desperately for firepower.

The striker, 20, scored eight times in 11 starts after joining Sheffield Wednesday in November but had not scored in five games for Leeds. Sunderland's main forwards - Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore - are injured and out of form respectively, so Gus Poyet may feel Wickham can bring something different. It is worth remembering the Under-21 international was one of the brightest hopes in English football when Sunderland signed him for over £8million in 2011, so there is hope for the young man yet.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 24 - 9:08 AM

Leeds United have signed Sunderland striker Connor Wickham on loan until the end of the season.

Wickham is unlikely to get much football at Sunderland before the end of the season, as he finds himself behind Steven Fletcher, Jozy Altidore and Fabio Borini in the striking order of merit. He had a successful spell at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season, scoring eight times in 11 starts before Gus Poyet recalled him, so he'll be hoping to add to that tally at Leeds. It is worth remembering the Under-21 international was one of the brightest hopes in English football when Sunderland signed him for over £8milliom in 2011, so there is hope for the young man yet.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 27 - 10:38 AM

Sunderland have recalled Connor Wickham from his loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday.

The striker, 20, scored eight times in 11 starts after joining Sheffield Wednesday in November. Sunderland's main forwards - Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore - have managed just four league goals between them this season, so Gus Poyet may feel Wickham can bring something different. It is worth remembering the Under-21 international was one of the brightest hopes in English football when Sunderland signed him for over £8milliom in 2011, so there is hope for the young man yet.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 27 - 9:51 AM

Connor Wickham is set to leave Sunderland on loan, with Championship leaders Burnley expected to win the race for his signature.

Wickham is unlikely to get much football at Sunderland as he finds himself behind Steven Fletcher, Jozy Altidore and Fabio Borini in the striking order of merit, so a loan move makes sense for both parties. It's hard to believe the 20 year old cost the Black Cats £8million in 2011.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:46:00 AM

Sunderland scored four goals in the last 12 minutes to knock Milton Keynes Dons out of the Capital One Cup 4-2.

Connor Wickham came off the bench to inspire the turnaround, grabbing two goals, while Jozy Altidore scored his first for the club. Adam Johnson grabbed a fourth to give the scoreline a deceptively comfortable look, but it was far from it, and Paolo Di Canio will be concerned that his near-full-strength side struggled for long periods against a team from League One.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 05:26:00 AM

Striker Connor Wickham is set to be sold by Sunderland after failing to impress his new boss Paulo Di Canio, report The Sun.

Wickham cost Sunderland over £8million two years ago, but has never settled and has already fallen out with Di Canio, who recently branded the 20-year-old a "Playboy model" who needed a "slap in the face" to spur him on. If he was to be sold that would leave just Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham as recognised strikers in the squad, so there will be some additions this summer.
Source: The Sun
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 07:45:00 AM

Paolo Di Canio has made his first signing as Sunderland manager after landing teenage non-league sensation Duncan Watmore on a two-year deal.

This is a smart move as the Daily Mail suggest the 19-year old striker was highly sought after following a spectacular first full season as a regular starter for Altrincham in the Blue Square Bet Conference North. Watmore will start in Sunderland's Under-21 squad but will be looking to push the likes of Connor Wickham for a place in the first team squad.
Fri, May 24, 2013 10:05:00 AM