Date: 28th June 2011 at 11:54am
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Ipswich Town striker Connor Wickham may be set for talks with Sunderland after the Black Cats reportedly agreed a fee for the 18-year-old.

Rumours emerged last week that Sunderland, who have been linked with Wickham on a number of occasions, had made the first firm bid for the striker thought to be around £8 million. It is now claimed that the Black Cats are close to agreeing a fee of £13 million for Wickham, comprised of £9 million up front plus £4 million in top-ups.

Town have previously said that they do not want or need to sell Wickham, with Chief Executive Simon Clegg telling BBC Radio Suffolk that the recent arrivals of strikers Michael Chopra and Nathan Ellington should not be seen as preparing for Wickham’s departure: ‘You shouldn’t read anything at all into Nathan’s signing in respect of any other players.’

Despite that, the decision is likely to be out of the club’s hands. Wickham’s contract, which runs until 2014, is understood to include a clause allowing him to hold talks with any club bidding beyond a certain threshold. However, Liverpool have also been strongly linked with the youngster, who grew up as a Reds fan, and any potential bid from Kenny Dalglish’s club could prove a far more tempting alternative for the England U21 international.

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