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Sunderland to put Wickham up for sale

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is ready to sell Connor Wickham.

The Mirror says the former England Under-21 star has scored four in five games on loan in the second tier at struggling Sheffield Wednesday, and is one of the Black Cats' most saleable assets.

Wickham, 22, cost £8million from Ipswich under then-boss Steve Bruce in 2011.

A cut-price fee of half that figure could see the Suffolk side and promotion chasers Burnley test Sunderland, where finances are tight and Poyet is seeking up to five new faces in January.

Wednesday would have to push the boat out to afford a permanent deal.

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