Sunderland face stiff competition to land Bradford City ace Charlie Wyke as trio of strikers linked

Bradford City striker Charlie Wyke.
Bradford City striker Charlie Wyke.
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Sunderland face a battle to land striker target Charlie Wyke - with League One rivals Peterborough United among the clubs tracking him.

Championship clubs and other League One sides are also monitoring the 25-year-old Bradford City striker, who scored 16 goals last season.

Bolstering the strike force is a key priority for Jack Ross, with the club targeting at least two new strikers.

A list of targets has been drawn up and forward Wyke is one of those on the wanted list.

Other names in the frame, according to the Roker Report, include Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp and Newcastle United forward Ivan Toney, the 22-year-old is understood to be available for loan again this summer.

Toney has previously played in League One for both Wigan Athletic and Scunthorpe United.

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Peterborough United manager Steve Evans has already confirmed an interest in former Middlesbrough striker Wyke, while Bolton have been credited with an interest too.

On Friday, Peterborough signed Nottingham Forest striker Jason Cummings on a season-long loan but it is understood they are in the market for two new strikers with last season’s top scorer Jack Marriott expected to leave the club soon.

There had been reports that Posh had submitted a £500,000 bid for Middlesbrough-born Wyke but Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph he was unaware of a bid being made at this stage.

Evans told the Peterborough Telegraph: “I like Wyke. I was interested in signing him when he was at Carlisle.

“The club have my list of targets and Wyke is on it, but I haven’t been told any bid being made.”

Wyke, signed for £250,000 in January 2017, is out of contract at the end of next season.

He started his career at Middlesbrough and has had loan spells at Kettering, Hartlepool United twice and AFC Wimbledon before signing for Carlisle, he scored 32 league goals in 64 starts for the Cumbrians before joining Bradford.

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Ross is currently relying on youngsters Josh Maja and Andrew Nelson, with Joel Asoro heading to Swansea City. Summer signing Chris Maguire is more of an attacking midfielder and isn’t seen as an out and out striker.

Meanwhile, Wahbi Khazri’s move from Sunderland to Saint-Etienne is reported to be ‘90 per cent done’ - with just some minor contract issues to resolve.

Sources in France claim the transfer should be resolved soon after Khazri and his agent held discussions over the finer details of the player’s deal with the Ligue 1 club.

Rennes were hopeful of making his loan move permanent, but the Tunisian’s form attracted the attention of other French sides, and Saint-Etienne convinced Khazri to join them at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Khazri, who underwent a medical earlier this week, is now expected to put pen to paper once discrepancies between what was agreed verbally and what was then in the player’s contract are sorted out.