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Celtic: Lee Johnson admits Charlie Wyke probably won’t return to Sunderland

Celtic: Lee Johnson admits Charlie Wyke probably won’t return to Sunderland - Celtic Transfer Rumours

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson isn’t expecting Celtic target Charlie Wyke to return to the Stadium of Light, as reported by The Shields Gazette.

The Lowdown: Wyke talks

The Hoops were first linked with the 28-year-old back in April by former defender Mark Wilson. He claimed that Wyke was ‘on a list of potential summer signings’, and Celtic have spoken with the forward recently.

Football Insider suggested that Wyke, who is now a free agent, was ‘very keen’ to move to Celtic Park and made a series of demands to the Hoops’ hierarchy.

As we know, a cut-price move to Parkhead is yet to materialise, but it seems as if Sunderland aren’t expecting to land their former striker on a new contract.

The Latest: Johnson’s comments

As relayed by The Shields Gazette, Johnson was asked about Wyke’s future and he seemed to concede defeat in terms of Sunderland’s hopes of re-signing him, admitting:

“Charlie, I would say the door is ajar, but we’re certainly not expecting him to come back. I’d say that it would be him coming back to us and saying he wants to talk again, effectively.

“My gut says that he will move on, I’d say 95% that he’ll move on.”

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The Verdict: Wyke’s demands putting Celtic off?

A free transfer for a striker who scored 30 goals last season seems a no-brainer, especially with Celtic seemingly in need of a new forward with Odsonne Edouard still expected to leave.

However, the Hoops could have been put off by Wyke’s demands. The striker wanted a four-year deal, his wages doubled and a multimillion-pound signing-on fee.

Wyke was on £6,400 per week with the Black Cats, so he may have been asking for close to £13,000 per week in Scotland. Across four years, that would be more than £2.6m in wages, along with a big signing-on fee, so perhaps Celtic have had second thoughts on bringing him to Glasgow.

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