Connor Wickham’s move to Crystal Palace is expected to go through in the next 24 hours, with Dick Advocaat admitting Sunderland were overloaded with strikers.
Wickham continued to hold talks with Palace over the weekend after Sunderland accepted a £9million offer for the 22-year-old last week, just eight months after he penned a lucrative new four-year deal with the Black Cats.
We simply had too many players in that position and that’s why the decision was madeDick Advocaat
Palace boss Alan Pardew claimed after their friendly with Fulham on Saturday that they were yet to agree personal terms with Wickham.
But it is understood that the deal is now on the verge of being done and Wickham could be unveiled by Palace as early as today.
Sunderland had been looking to ship out one of their four strikers this summer, yet it was expected that Steven Fletcher or Danny Graham would make way with each entering the final year of their contracts - albeit one could still depart to make way for a new frontman.
But Palace’s big-money approach proved sufficiently tempting to Sunderland, who are expected to invest some of that money immediately in midfield pair Yann M’Vila and Leroy Fer.
When asked about Wickham, Advocaat said: “We have too many strikers and if I could have held on to them all, I wouldn’t really have wanted to sell him at just 22 years of age.
“But we simply had too many players in that position and that’s why the decision was made.”