SUNDERLAND have confirmed the signing of England under-21 international Connor Wickham from Ipswich Town.
The 18-year-old striker has signed a four-year deal for a fee of £8.1million. The fee could rise to £12million over the course of the contract.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce said: “A number of top sides have been chasing Connor for some time now so naturally we are absolutely delighted he has chosen to come to Sunderland.
“He’s still very young but at 6ft 3in he’s a physical presence.
“With his height and style of play he’ll offer us a threat in front of goal and complement our existing strikers.
“We have been watching him for a while now and he is improving and developing all the time. He’s a great prospect and I’m sure our supporters will love watching him play.”
Wickham became Ipswich Town’s youngest ever player on his debut aged just 16 years and 11 days, going on to make a further 36 appearances for the Tractor Boys.
The forward has represented England at under-16, under-18, and under-21 level.
He scored nine goals for Ipswich Town last season and was named the Football League Young Player of the Year for 2010-2011.