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Sunderland have completed the signing of the England Under-21 striker Connor Wickham after agreeing a fee with Ipswich which could rise to £12m.

The 18-year-old moves to Sunderland for an initial fee of £8m, with the other £4m set to follow over the course of his four-year contract depending on performances.

Wickham, who made his senior debut for Ipswich at 16 and has since scored 15 times in 65 club appearances, had previously been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

The Sunderland manager, Steve Bruce, said: “A number of top sides have been chasing Connor for some time now, so naturally we are absolutely delighted he has chosen to come to Sunderland.

“He’s still very young, but at 6ft 3in he’s a physical presence. With his height and style of play, he will offer us a threat in front of goal and complement our existing strikers.

“We have been watching him for a while now and he is improving and developing all the time. He’s a great prospect and I’m sure our supporters will love watching him play.”

The Hereford-born player is unlikely to be the last striker to arrive at Sunderland this summer with Bruce targeting at least two, if not three, frontmen following a difficult end to the last season.

The South Korea international Ji Dong-won is close to completing his move from Chunnam Dragons, while much of the groundwork on a deal to sign Liverpool’s David Ngog has been done, although his arrival is less certain.

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