Wickham set to sign new Sunderland deal

The 21-year-old striker has been attracting interest from the likes of Southampton and Everton but he has committed his long-term future to the Wearside club
By Graeme Bailey

Sunderland have agreed terms over a new deal for striker Connor Wickham, Goal understands.

The 21-year-old's current deal is due to expire at the end of the season and he had previously rebuffed the club's attempts to tie him to a new deal as he assessed his future with the Black Cats.

Wickham's form has attracted interest from rival Premier League clubs and Goal understands the likes of West Ham, Southampton, Everton and Crystal Palace have all been keeping tabs on the striker's contract situation at the Stadium of Light.

The former Ipswich Town striker has reignited his Stadium of Light career in the past nine months and his five league goals helped Gus Poyet's side pull off a remarkable escape to avoid relegation in the 2013-14 campaign.

Wickham has started all but one of his side's Premier League games thus far this season, scoring two goals, including the opener in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on December 3.

With fears that the club would lose Wickham on the cheap with his current contract coming to an end, the striker has decided that his future is best served on Wearside under Poyet's guidance.

Goal understands that Sunderland will now focus on attempting to tie down Lee Cattermole to a new deal, with the former Middlesbrough midfielder out of contract in 2016.