Crystal Palace supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern are looking forward to the new season more than most, with Alan Pardew having improved on the feel-good factor around Selhurst Park with some smart summer transfer business.
The capture of Yohan Cabaye from Paris St Germain has already got supporters excited, and today Palace have followed that up with the signing of promising striker Connor Wickham from Sunderland, the Eagles have confirmed.
The 22-year-old has signed a five-year-contract at Selhurst Park for an undisclosed fee.
Wickham moved to the Stadium of Light for an £8million fee in 2011 from Ipswich.
The powerful forward managed 91 appearances and 15 goals in four years for the Black Cats, with his most memorable contribution coming towards the end of the 2013-14 season, with goals against Chelsea and Manchester City helping Sunderland achieve the great escape under Gus Poyet.
Wickham told Palace’s official club website: “I needed a fresh start. I had four years up north and it’s been a bit stop-start.
“Now I’ve come back home and I can settle down and see my family a bit more and hopefully let my football do the talking.”
Wickham managed six goals in 40 appearances for Sunderland last season, and Palace supporting punters here in the Transfer Tavern over by the bar are very happy with the addition.
Dean, a huge Palace fan here in the Tavern had his say: “Wickham is a great addition to the squad, I have a feeling he will really flourish under the management of Alan Pardew!”