Wickham is expected to complete a move to Crystal Palace.
Sunderland Head Coach Dick Advocaat has been explaining his reasons for allowing Connor Wickham to leave the Stadium of Light to the Chronicle, with his move to Crystal Palace expected to go through shortly.
The Black Cats boss feels he has enough options in that particular area of the side, despite persistent rumours indicating that Steven Fletcher will be departing the club this summer, as he only has the one year left on his contract.
Advocaat has been quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “We have too many strikers and if I could have held on to them all I wouldn’t really have wanted to sell him at just 22.
“However, we simply had too many players in that position and that is why the decision was made.”
Having shown signs of form at the end of the 2013-14 season - helping the side avoid relegation from the Premier League - as well as being pretty effective towards the end of last term, there will be inevitable tinge of disappointment from some fans about his departure, especially as his best years are bound to be ahead of him.
It will be interesting to see what will be done with the funds raised from the Wickham sale as it has already been a busy summer on Wearside, with Advocaat keen for the side to avoid the scare of recent seasons when they have been dragged into the relegation dogfight.
Some could be concerned there is a lack of firepower at the club and may want to see another forward come into the club, but given that Advocaat has alluded to having many forwards at his disposal, that would seem unlikely.