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Sunderland Agree £17.5m Deals to Sign Ipswich Town Striker Connor Wickham and Birmingham City Midfielder Craig Gardner

Smile Mr. Bruce, you’re just about to snap up two good signings.

Ipswich have accepted a bid of £9m from Sunderland for striker Connor Wickham, BBC Sport understands.

Wickham, 18, could be a Sunderland player in 24 hours, subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

The deal for the England Under-21 international, who made his Ipswich debut aged 16, could eventually be worth £12.5m with add-ons.

He has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham and Liverpool.

His future has been in doubt despite the fact that he extended his contract with Ipswich until 2014 in April.

Wickham was part of England squad for the European Under-21 Championship, although he did not play a match.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

Sky Sports sources understand Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner will hold talks with Sunderland on Wednesday.

Gardner has been tipped to be one of several players to leave St Andrews following Blues’ relegation to the Championship on the final day of last season.

And Sky Sports revealed over the weekend that the Black Cats were leading the race for the 24-year-old former Aston Villa player.

A fee, believed to be in the region of £5million, has already been agreed between the two clubs, with discussions now due to take place between the player and his prospective new employers.

SOURCE: Sky Sports

It seems Steve Bruce wasted no time in spending the cash handed to him from the sale of Jordan Henderson to Liverpool and the Black Cats boss has done well to beat a myriad of teams to two highly rated players who for different reasons may be just what what the Stadium of Light side needs.

Ipswich Town youngster Connor Wickham has been relentlessly pursued for the past 18 months and for Sunderland to beat off interest from Liverpool and Arsenal is quite an achievement, however the teenager still has to agree personal terms before the deal can be complete.

The England Under 21 striker may feel that first team chances may be more forthcoming at Sunderland, especially as Man United’s Danny Welbeck will be back at Old Trafford after a loan spell at the club and of course Darren Bent was sold in January.

Gardner will be making an instant return to the Premier League and will join St Andrews’ team-mate Sebastian Larsson who moved to Sunderland on a free earlier this month.

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