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Sunderland have made a £8million bid for Ipswich teenage striker Connor Wickham.

The 18-year-old England Under 21 international signed a new contract at Portman Road towards the end of last season.

But Ipswich owner Marcus Evans may be prepared to sell so that manager Paul Jewell can strengthen all around his team.

Already two new strikers, Michael Chopra (£1.5 million from Cardiff) and Nathan Ellington (free from Watford) have arrived.

Jewell has many more targets, and the Championship club may accept the Sunderland offer.

While £8m has been put up front, the cash could rise to over £10m after a set number of appearances in the Premier League.

Tottenham and Liverpool were thought to be the clubs likely to get Wickham, voted the Championship’s top young player last season.

But Sunderland are the first club to make a firm offer, that is big enough for Ipswich to consider.

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