Sunderland reject West Ham Wickham bid

Sunderland have rejected an offer from West Ham United for the services of striker Connor Wickham, according to The Guardian.

It is no secret that West Ham are in the market for a striker after England man Andy Carroll tore ankle ligaments during pre-season. The injury is expected to keep Carroll out until December at the earliest, leaving the Hammers light in the attacking department.

And West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has apparently identified Wickham as a likely replacement, having made an offer reported to be of around £5 million. The bid was rejected, however, with Black Cats manager Gus Poyet hoping to hang on to the England under-21 international.

Hereford-born Wickham began his professional career with Ipswich Town, scoring 15 goals in 72 appearances in all competitions before securing a high profile £8 million transfer to Sunderland in June 2011.

Wickham finished last season in fantastic form. After loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, he was recalled to Sunderland to bolster their Premier League survival bid, and scored five goals as the Black Cats narrowly beat relegation.

Wickham has only one year to run on his contract at the Stadium of Light, and is reportedly stalling on signing a new deal, which could tempt Sunderland to cash in now if they receive an acceptable rather than allow him to leave for free next summer.

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