According to recent reports, Crystal Palace are open to offers for striker Connor Wickham, who is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.
Since moving to Palace from Sunderland for a fee of £9 million back in 2015, Wickham has gone on to make just 50 appearances for the Eagles, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists.
In a recent article in The Athletic, Nancy Frostick claimed that Wickham ‘is starting to play with the swagger of a star man’ as well as suggesting that Crystal Palace are ‘understood to be open to offers’ for the striker, whose loan move to Wednesday was sanctioned ‘in the hope it would attract interest’.
Since moving on loan to Sheffield Wednesday this January, it would appear that the 27-year-old has refound some semblance of form, scoring two goals over nine appearances in the Championship, averaging a WhoScored match rating of 6.83/10.
Wickham’s record at Wednesday – where he has spent three separate loan spells over the course of his career – is indeed impressive, with the 27-year-old bagging 11 goals and providing three assists in just 26 appearances for the Championship club.
However, should the club wish to make a permanent move for the £1.08 million-rated Palace striker, Frostick believes that Wickham would have to take a ‘significant pay cut’ – which would, presumably, be the case at a many number of Championship clubs.
Would you like to see Wickham leave the club permanently this summer?
Although, with his Palace career seemingly coming to an end, if Wickham wants to play regular first-team football, a pay cut is something he may have to take.