Connor Wickham is to hand Sunderland a welcome boost by agreeing a new 5-year contract at the club, reports The Telegraph.
The report claims that Gus Poyet has persuaded the former Ipswich man to commit his future to the club. Or, if you're of a more cynical disposition, perhaps the reported £60,000 a week did.
There is no official confirmation from the club yet, so take it with a pinch of salt if you want. John Percy does have a very good reputation for being a very well-researched and factual reporter, though, so it's a noteworthy story to say the least.
Wickham was a massively influential figure in saving the club from relegation last season, but has been used mainly on theleft side of the attack so far this season, with varying levels of success. Some fans hate to see him there, though personally I think he's growing nicely into a very specialist role in Poyet's system.
If true, and it's a big if until the club remove all doubt, credit to them for getting it sorted.