CONNOR Wickham is poised to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan – disappointing Burnley who thought they were set to get the England Under 21 striker..
The Echo revealed Burnley’s hopes of beating a posse of Championship rivals to the big striker’s signature.
But we also pointed out that, critically as it turned out, the Black Cats had to make a decision on whether or not Wickham would get enough game time at Turf Moor.
Ings and Vokes had started every one of the Clarets’ 13 Championship games this season, with Ings having scored nine goals and Vokes eight - the sort of form which meant Burnley’s only other out-and-out striker – ex-Black Cat Ryan Noble – has not had a look-in so far this season.
That seems to have swung things in favour of Sheffield Wednesday, where Wickham spent a month on loan earlier this year.
It means Wickham will have swapped the very top of the table for the very bottom.
And should the deal be ratified in time, he could feature in Wednesday’s battle with promotion-chasing Reading at Hillsborough tomorrow.
Wickham has been involved in seven Sunderland’s games this season but has started only one – the 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace in August.
Other than that, he has been used as a late substitute in the other six games except the Capital One Cup tie against MK Dons when he came on five minutes into the second half and scored twice to inspire Sunderland to a 4-2 win.
He has played a couple of non-first-team games in recent weeks.
But the club has decided that, with Jozy Altidore and Steven Fletcher having impressed recently and derby hero Fabio Borini showing good form, the time has come to allow Wickham to play first-team football elsewhere so that he can get fully match fit and potentially help Sunderland in the second half of the season.