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Sunderland Seal £12m Capture Of England Teenager

Portman Road star on his way to Stadium Of Light.

Sunderland have confirmed the £12million signing of Ipswich Town striker Connor Wickham on a four-year contract.

The 18-year-old snubbed interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal And Liverpool to join the Black Cats.

The deal will initially cost £8million but could rise another £4million depending on appearances and achievements.

The England U21 international scored nine goals in the Championship last season and will be hoping to play regular first-team football next season.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is please to finally get his man and hopes the teeanger can fill the shoes o0f Darren Bent, who joined Aston Villa last January.

“A number of top sides have been chasing Connor for some time now, so naturally we are absolutely delighted he has chosen to come to Sunderland,” Bruce said.

“He’s still very young, but at 6ft 3in he’s a physical presence. With his height and style of play, he will offer us a threat in front of goal and complement our existing strikers.

“We have been watching him for a while now and he is improving and developing all the time. He’s a great prospect and I’m sure our supporters will love watching him play.”

He may not be the only striker arriving pre-season at the Stadium of Light, with Bruce reported to be close to signing South Korea’s Ji Dong-Won from Chunnam Dragons.

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