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?