Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke is to stay at the club past the summer transfer window despite a report linking him to Ipswich Town.
After failing to gain promotion from League One this season, Sunderland are expected to make a number of significant first team changes as manager Phil Parkinson looks to establish a group of players capable of bettering this season’s position of eighth.
A number of first team players have already left the Stadium of Light due to their contracts expiring but the future of some of those still at the club remains in doubt. Wyke, who netted five goals in 27 league games this term, is one of those, with League One rivals Ipswich Town said to be interested in making a move.
The report added that Parkinson sees Wyke as an integral part of the squad moving forward and that Sunderland have ‘no plans’ to sell the striker this summer. This comes after the manager reportedly made his transfer plans clear, saying that he needs to bring in seven or eight new faces.
It seems difficult to know where Wyke stands with Sunderland, given the conflicting transfer reports of late, and it raises the question as to what decision the club should take regarding his future.
His goal return over the last 12 months has hardly been mind-blowing and, if the Black Cats want to gain promotion, they either need him to improve his goal tally or they must seek an upgrade who can be a more reliable threat in the penalty area.
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