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Town Chiefs Keen on Wickham Return
Town Chiefs Keen on Wickham Return
Friday, 4th May 2012 08:36

Town chiefs Paul Jewell and Simon Clegg would both be interested in taking former striker Connor Wickham on loan if Sunderland were to allow the 19-year-old to move on a temporary basis next season. Reports in the North-East on Sunday linked Wickham with a possible return to his old club.

Jewell says Town have first dibs on Wickham if the Black Cats were to make him available, although he says his wages might be prohibitive depending on what sort of proportion the Wearsiders would be looking for a loan club to pay: "We have first say on Connor as part of the deal that took him to Sunderland, although there are other factors regarding wages that will make it difficult for any Championship club to take him.

"But if Sunderland wanted him to go out on loan and play football and something could be sorted out, then of course we would be interested."

Chief executive Simon Clegg similarly is similarly positive: “Let’s see where we get to on that. I wouldn’t rule anything out. He left on very good terms and I’ve kept in contact with him since he left, and with his father.

“If they want to let him out on loan, then depending on where he fitted into the rest of the squad and if that’s what the manager wanted, then I’d be delighted [to see him return].”

Wickham joined Sunderland from the Blues last summer for an initial fee of £8.1 million but has made only six starts and 12 sub appearances this season, scoring one goal.

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alexharban added 08:42 - May 4

Paddy39 added 08:42 - May 4
Sorry not for me. No loanees this time out please and your looking at that route already.

blueoff added 08:42 - May 4
Good, go for it, but none of this stupid 24 hr recall madness

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 08:45 - May 4
No , unless a season long loan and they pay majority of his wages. Not the type of player we need imo.

blueoff added 08:45 - May 4
Buy Jordan Rhodes, oh hang on you've already mucked that one up Cleggy

bluethroughnthrough added 08:51 - May 4
We need our own young players to develop, not develop someone elses. Whats the point?

Also...WHERE is that 8 Million??????

07bradleyc added 08:52 - May 4
It was Keane that messed things up with Rhodes by falling out with his parents, nothing to do with Clegg!
And Wickham is a great player, would be good to see him back in blue next season! COYB!

PaulSlocombe added 08:55 - May 4
Is Wickham good enough? Serious question.

DurhamTownFan added 08:55 - May 4
I think we'd be silly not to try, even if he would just be a short-term solution. I totally understand why we sold him, but his lack of first-team football just shows exactly why he should have had a bit more time at Ipswich (I remember Bent stayed for a while longer and it did him no harm!)

itfcjoe added 08:57 - May 4
Would be delighted to see him back, rare bit of praise from me for SC and PJ by negotiating first option on loan.

I'd prefer to develop own players rather than other teams but we clearly don't have access to someone as good as CW in the market and he'd have the local connection that would make him a fan favourite

Surco72 added 08:58 - May 4
Absolute no brainer ,sign him for the season ,good for him good for us .

The point is he could be the difference between going up.

We cannot afford Rhodes

Anyone who doesnt think more clubs will use loans due to the financial climate are being very niave or unrealistic

Karlosfandangal added 08:59 - May 4
It looks like just about Prem players wages will be out of Championship club range soon.

It seems to me that players and their agents go for the money and not career now.
As a season in the Championship would have helped Wickhams career now he is a bit of a forgotten man.

At the time to sell Wickham for £8 million and buy Chopra for a million looked very good business, in hindsight no so sure now

Like Wickham but think we need players who will be at the club more than a season, would like to see us progress the Carson and Lawrence's next year rather than progress players from other clubs.
Short term loans only to cover injuries please

Bugs added 09:07 - May 4
I think there are a lot of goals in a Chopra & Wickham front two. Those saying we shouldn't go the loan route....Why? There are not many clubs that go up with out a quality loan or two.

buryblue77 added 09:12 - May 4
I can't see the point, I'm really not sure he's exactly what we need or even if he's really as good as we all think.

nitroblue1970 added 09:17 - May 4
spot on buryblue..i never really saw what all the fuss was about but the 8 million was good!...we bought enough paint to decorate the turnstiles for the next twenty years!

hairbear added 09:21 - May 4
why would he want to come back and be dropped everytime he has a sightly bad game! A great signing for a season long loan with no 24 hr recall option but PJ doesn't trust young players. Fact!

buryblue77 added 09:24 - May 4
Nitroblue, it was very nice of Mr Clegg to get out with his paintbrush but surely if we really are a club with Prem ambitions shouldn't ALL of the £8m have been reinvested?

DanLyles added 09:28 - May 4
Wickham and Chopra, supplied by Drury, JET, Martin et al, would destroy Championship defences

nitroblue1970 added 09:30 - May 4
It was re invested, we have nice freshly painted turnstiles, they look great don't they, like a premiership club!
The 8 mil may have been used to prop up our wage expenditure last season until the big earners have been off loaded..I dunno though, or maybe set aside to pay IBC !!!

Davin44 added 09:33 - May 4
he has amazing quality, he is just the thing we need upfront and frankly Sunderland missed a trick because this should have happened last year to give him more game time before the step up... now he has taken a step backwards and needs another season here... hopefully with us! come on marcus make it happen! we would obviously be his first choice so just stump up the dough!

dirtyboy added 09:36 - May 4
I'd actually say he'd fit in quite well.

I'd also go as far to say a full season long loan 'could' work out very well indeed.

IF (yes, that's a large 'if') we got promoted, and he was an influence in that, then perhaps he would then stay (we may possibly be able to afford to buy him back if we got promoted).

Anyway, what's to say he want to come back.

saffronblue added 09:42 - May 4
I agree that we should try and develop our own youth but as I don't see much coming through on the forward front if we could get Wickham in on a season long loan I think it would very good for both us and him. We need a big lad up front and he fits the bill. We need the cash for a keeper and centre half as that is where we are weakest

FenboyBlue added 09:43 - May 4
Getting Wickham on loan for the season would be a clever move. Whilst I'm in agreement about no more loan players - Wickham is an exception to the rule. After all, we don't have a conveyor-belt loaded with 8M-valued players, now do we ? Let's exploit the effort in negotiating good leaving terms & relations with Sunderland, rather than cutting our noses off to spite our faces. I'm still annoyed that we never got the chance to see if Wickham-Rhodes could've been an incredible strikeforce but Wickham-Chopra could be 1 glory season.

JohnWarksTash added 09:52 - May 4
No...backward step.....was always overrated anyway....take the money and run...he's been found out!!

Paddy39 added 10:12 - May 4
JohnWarksTash I agree. I was another who couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. In my eyes he was mediocre at best in some of the games he played for us, he just didn't seem to be around for the whole 90mins. We need to look for NEW talent.

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