Exclusive: £13m fee for Wickham agreed
Published 23:01 27/06/11 By Alan Nixon
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has agreed a staggering £13million fee for Ipswich wonder-boy Connor Wickham in a bid to see off Liverpool.
Bruce tabled the stunning package yesterday, with the Black Cats commiting £9m up front and a further £4m in add-ons for the teenage talent.
The size of the offer is so big that the Tractor Boys have been forced to accept and have cleared their home-grown starlet to speak to the Wearside outfit about a major switch.
Sunderland also hope that the amount of cash they are offering will persuade Wickham they are more serious about him than fellow suitors Liverpool.
Kenny Dalglish has been on Wickhan’s trail since he took charge in January - as Football Spy first revealed - but the Kop have not been able to match Sunderland’s financial commitment.
Wickham would like to head for Anfield, but Ipswich have made it plain that Sunderland’s deal is good enough for them - and they will not let him go to Merseyside for less than Bruce is offering.