Crystal Palace are delighted to announce the signing of Connor Wickham from Sunderland, with the striker signing a five year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old arrives from the Black Cats having scored 18 goals over the past two seasons and played a starring role in their successful quest to stay in the Premier League during that time.
He has also starred for England at youth level, helping the Three Lions win the UEFA European Under-17 Championships in 2010 where he was also named Player of the Tournament, and has also appeared 17 times for the under-21s, scoring six goals.
“I spoke to the gaffer last week and he said all the right things about the club and I’ve got friends here who also told me some very good things,” he said.
“I looked at the team before I arrived here and the signings that have been brought in, and the potential to score goals and the chances that could be created was a massive influence. Hopefully I can add to that talent and make the squad stronger.
“I think I needed the 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 began his professional career at Ipswich Town where he made his debut aged just 16 years and 11 days and became the Tractor Boys’ youngest ever player. He went on to gradually establish himself in their side and in 2010/11 he hit nine goals in 37 league appearances which led to him being named the Championship Young Player of the Year.
That form earned him his move to Wearside for a fee of £8 million and he would go on to play 91 times for Sunderland, scoring 15 goals - including five in three games to help his side miraculously avoid relegation at the end of the 2013/14 season.
He has also spent time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United during his time with Sunderland, scoring eight times in 11 outings for the Owls before returning to Sunderland.
A full exclusive video interview will be available at eagles.cpfc.co.uk shortly.