Palace Agree £8 Million Fee For Opinion-Splitting 22-Year-Old Striker

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Crystal Palace are reportedly on the verge of bringing Sunderland striker Connor Wickham to the club, after they agreed a fee of around £8 million for the 22-year-old.

Despite the former Ipswich man only agreeing to a new four-year deal recently, it seems Palace have finally convinced the Black Cats to let the frontman leave, after upping their offer for him from January of 2014, when Tony Pulis tried to bring him to Selhurst Park.

Palace’s pursuit of a new attacking outlet has been an ongoing saga this summer, with moves for the likes of Loic Remy and Charlie Austin having hit a brick wall, but in Wickham, we would be getting a young man of potential with a great deal of time on his side.

It feels as though he should be a lot older than 22, having burst onto the scene at Portman Road as a teenager and remained in the spotlight since, but after a tricky few years at The Stadium Of Light, Alan Pardew will no doubt be hoping that a move to London can spark Wickham into realising his true potential.

Due to discuss personal terms with the club today, we could see an official announcement over the weekend, but as is often the case with deals of this size, red tape may well hold the news up until the start of next week, with Wickham then going straight into contention for a place in the side against Norwich next Saturday.

Are you happy at the prospect of seeing him in red and blue?

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7 Comments

  • chris July 31, 2015 - 8:08 am Reply

    In terms of ability he is an improvement to our current squad. At his best, he has the qualities of both Muzza and Gayle combined. We hasn’t been brilliant up north but we have to trust Pards to get the best out him.

  • Spiceboy July 31, 2015 - 8:09 am Reply

    I think a great buy poor fella was always stuck out on the wing at Sunderland in a zaha role. Similar ilk to Murray just younger, be sad to see Murray go but think that will be likely now. Watched palace last night Bramford & wilf both looking sharp although Bromley were running in treacle. There number 8 was the fattest midfielder I’ve ever seen. All we need now is a centre back do u hear me Pardew a CENTRE BACK.

  • Sharpy July 31, 2015 - 8:11 am Reply

    Not sure if I’d say happy but could be a good signing.

  • Frank O'Neill July 31, 2015 - 8:30 am Reply

    The prospect looks good, providing Pards can get him up to scratch (AP is good as this) My concern is Murray. We will now have three young strikers, surely it would be good to keep Murray, as he would be a great tutor for the young ones, excellent back up and maybe a great striking coach in the future!!! Please think about this Pards.

  • LetsTalkFootball July 31, 2015 - 8:35 am Reply

    Could potentially be a good signing. Be sure to check out my posts also, and i follow back.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte oh oh oh July 31, 2015 - 10:17 am Reply

    From watching a few Palace Sunderland games over the last few years Wickham is very similar to Murray in the sense that he puts himself about and other fans often end up disliking him. He is also quite quick for his height which is why he is often played out wide.

    On the other hand their are question marks over his record and attitude but this could be down to never being given a run in the team and being played out of position so in terms of what to expect he is something of an unknown. The only time he did get a run in his favourite position people were calling for him to go to the world cup.

    Would love Murray to stay and ship out Campbell but if he wants games he is going to have to leave as it seems he will be 4th choice behind Bamford, Wickham and Gayle.

    Also where does Chamakh fit in now we have a lot of strikers and no.10s?

  • Richard Glen July 31, 2015 - 1:32 pm Reply

    Not a brilliant signing but still a good signing all the same.Pleased to have him on board.We were in for him when Pulis was in charge so I am sure he has much to offer.Just a centre back now and thats it.I also would like to see Murray stay.He can still do a good job for us.Problem now is what to do with Campbell,Gale and Chamack??

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