Connor Wickham to sign new £60k-a-week contract after failed £4m West Ham bid

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham will surprisingly sign a new contract at the Stadium of Light, according to reports.

Sunderland may have played out a 0-0 draw with Liverpool this afternoon, but fans have been given something to celebrate tonight.

According to the Telegraph the Black Cats are on the verge of announcing a new contract for young striker Connor Wickham, which will see him earn £60,000-per-week.

Wickham, 21, was a highly touted youngster with Ipswich Town, and his goals for the Tractor Boys and with the England youth sides led to his 2011 move to Sunderland, who forked out £8m to snap him up.

Yet the centre forward struggled to make an impact for some time, only flourishing at the end of last season after loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.

However, when Sunderland needed a hero in the midst of a relegation battle, Wickham stepped up to the plate, scoring five crucial goals to haul Gus Poyet's men away from the drop zone.

This season has been a little tougher for Wickham, but speculation over his future has surrounding him, with West Ham failing in a £4m bid to sign him over the summer.

Wickham's contract was due to expire in 2015, with clubs eyeing up a cut-price deal for his services in the January transfer window.

An exit seemed inevitable, but reports tonight suggest that Wickham is on the verge of signing a new contract to stay on Wearside, which is a real surprise given the rumours over his future.

It's a huge boost for Sunderland, whilst West Ham may have to look elsewhere if they were looking to make another bid for Wickham in January.

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