England U21 pens new contract at Sunderland

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Sunderland and England U21 striker, Connor Wickham has penned a new long term deal with the Premier League side, keeping him at the club until 2019, BBC Sport has revealed.

Wickham was coming into his final year of a four-year contract which he signed when he joined from Ipswich Town in 2011. Wickham, 21, has scored three times this season, taking his tally to 12 goals in 67 games for the Black Cats.

Sunderland boss, Gus Poyet says he is delighted Wickham will be staying on at the Stadium of Light, “I think it was very important to tie down a young English centre forward as there are not many around,” said Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.

“This shows clearly the way this football club wants to progress.”

However, some nerves may still be buzzing around Sunderland as the Black Cats managed to pinch Wickham for £8.1m despite being just 2 months and 22 days into a new contract with the Tractor Boys. Sunderland will however, be hoping that no-one will look to take Wickham away from them.