Sunderland keeping Connor Wickham options open?

A report claims that Sunderland would consider selling Connor Wickham if the striker does not sign a new contract soon.

Sunderland are reportedly keen for Connor Wickham to extend his contract with the club.

The England Under-21 international's current deal at the Stadium of Light is due to expire next summer, which if not extended, will mean that he can move clubs without the requirement of a transfer fee.

However, the Black Cats are determined to prevent that from happening and will begin negotiations with the centre-forward in the near future, according to the Sunderland Journal.

If no agreement can be reached, the report adds, Sunderland would consider selling the 21-year-old to ensure that they recoup some of the £8m that they paid Ipswich Town for his signature in 2011.

It is believed that Crystal Palace are among the clubs that have shown an interest in Wickham's services.

Sunderland's Connor Wickham celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Cardiff during the Premier League match on April 27, 2014
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