Turf Moor

Next Game

Burnley v Sunderland

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Stadium of Light

Last Game

Sunderland 2 - 2 Tottenham

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Wickham told 'sign or be sold'

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has admitted that Connor Wickham will be sold unless he commits to a new contract.

Last Updated: 01/08/14 at 14:22 Post Comment

Connor Wickham: Entered the final year of his current contract

Connor Wickham: Entered the final year of his current contract

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

There appeared to be little chance of the 21-year-old earning fresh terms at the Stadium of Light at the end of March, with loan spells having been taken in at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.

Wickham was, however, recalled to Wearside to aid a survival bid and contributed five crucial goals as Sunderland preserved their Premier League status.

He is now considered to be an important figure, with the potential which saw him complete an £8million move in 2011 finally being fulfilled.

Wickham is, however, only tied to a deal until next summer and Poyet is wary of allowing that agreement to run down and risk losing a saleable asset on a free transfer.

He said in the Sunderland Echo: “For me, Connor’s situation is clear. He needs to sign a new contract or we let him go – we sell him. There is nothing in between.

“He is an asset to the football club and we paid a lot of money for him.

“Last year, he was a key part of us staying up and he was very important. But he needs to realise that the club needs to look after the interests of the football club as well.

“I suppose that, one way or another, we are going to have an agreement.

“Which one of those is going to happen, I don’t know – it is not my job, that is (sporting director) Lee Congerton’s department.”

While conceding that his hand may be forced, Poyet remains confident that the Wickham situation will be resolved.

He added: “Last year I was the happiest one because I talked to him before he went to Sheffield Wednesday and I talked to him when he came back.

“I spoke to him when he came back from Leeds and I told him that every single player wants a run of four or five games.

“I told him that you won’t get that situation many times, but he had it with us and he responded.

“Now the situation has changed a little bit. But I am not worried it.”

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League review: Big wins for Roma and Porto, Barca edge to victory

Roma and Porto earned big wins in the Champions League, while Barcelona opened their campaign with a narrow victory.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho rues missed chances in Schalke draw

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's failure to kill off Schalke with a second goal before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equaliser.

Champions League: Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart left to rue late Bayern Munich winner

Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted Jerome Boateng's late winner for Bayern Munich felt like a kick in the teeth.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property