Talks ongoing with Sunderland’s Wickham

Connor Wickham.
Connor Wickham.
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GUS Poyet has held talks with Connor Wickham but has still not resolved the England Under 21 striker’s immediate future.

The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday but the deal with the Championship outfit expires next week.

And Poyet says that although he has now spoken to the striker, who has scored eight goal in 11 games for the Owls, the situation is still up in the air.

“I have a decision to make and it is not easy,” Poyet told the Echo. “I have spoken to him but I probably need to speak to Stuart Gray at Wednesday to discuss things further.

“The bottom line is that Connor has done very well at Wednesday, very well. so there is a possibility that he could be coming back, we just have to see how the transfer window works out.”

If Sunderland have no success in the next week in bringing in a striker, Wickham could well be brought back to Wearside to help with the push to avoid Premier League relegation.

But one short-term solution could be to allow his loan to come to an end and send him back to Wednesday on emergency loan, at which point the club could recall him at any time after his first four weeks at Hillsborough.

Meanwhile, Poyet revealed that unwanted striker Danny Graham’s future remains in limbo.

The Sunderland frontman is currently on a season-long loan to Hull City but has become surplus to requirements at the KC Stadium with Bolton Wanderers leading Championship interest in taking him for the remainder of the season.

“I have no news on that,” said Poyet. “It’s still ongoing.”

H Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan, whose loan spell at Nottingham Forest expires next week, is expected to complete a permanent move to the City Ground before next Friday’s transfer deadline.

H Sunderland’s league game against West Brom on Saturday, March 1 is to be rescheduled because of Gus Poyet’s men involvement in the Capital One Cup final the following day.

A new date for the Albion fixture is yet to be announced.