The saga regarding Connor Wickham’s future at Sunderland has taken a new twist after the player’s father claimed a contract is yet to be offered.

With less than 12 months remaining on his current deal, the 21-year-old’s future at the Stadium of Light has been plunged into doubt recently with reports to suggest the striker has turned down a contract extension on Wearside.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet gave Wickham an ultimatum yesterday, stating that if the forward did not extend his Black Cats contract soon, he would have to be sold.

The Uruguayan told reporters; “For me, Connor’s situation is clear, He needs to sign a new contract or we let him go – there is nothing in between.”

But tweets from Wickham’s father last night suggest that no such deal has been offered to the player.



Wickham played a key role in Sunderland’s remarkable Premier League survival last season. Returning from a loan spell in the Championship, the England under-21 international netted five goals in the final 12 games, ultimately edging the Black Cats over the line.

With the new Premier League season fast approaching, Gus Poyet is being faced with something of a striker crisis at the Stadium of Light at present.

Jozy Altidore struggled for form last term and although Steven Fletcher is finally fully fit and playing regularly in pre-season, the 27-year-old is sure to still be a little rusty come the opening day.

Sunderland have been locked in negotiations for over a fortnight regarding a deal to bring Fabio Borini back to the club on a permanent basis, but should that deal fall through, Connor Wickham’s vital contributions last season mean he has a real chance of being Poyet’s first choice centre forward on August 16th.

The 21-year-old himself is yet to give any indication on where he sees his own future.

At this moment in time we are being led to believe the striker is refusing to sign a new deal, and Poyet’s comments yesterday go even further to suggest that.

But the words of Wickham’s father – if true – shed an entirely different light on the situation. 

After investing £8 million into Wickham in 2011, the Black Cats will be keen to have the situation resolved as quickly as possible or risk losing the player on a free-transfer in the near future. 

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