Sunderland have completed the signing of 25-year old striker Charlie Wyke from Bradford City on a three year deal, and he arrives with the remit to score the goals that fire Jack Ross’ side towards promotion and back to the Championship.
Wyke had been the subject of a number of bids from Sunderland this summer, and they have finally got their man after they agreed a deal with the Bantams that suited all parties.
Although the fee is ‘undisclosed’, we understand that reports by Alan Nixon and Sky Sports are wide of the mark, with both the fee and add-ons less than the rumoured amounts.
The 25-year-old spent eighteen months at Valley Parade and scored 23 goals in 62 games in all competitions for the club, as well as picking up 13 assists.
Thanks to a successful spell at Carlisle United, where he 38 goals in 89 games in all competitions, Bradford snapped him up for a fee of around £250,000 - and the Cumbrians will profit once again thanks to a sell-on clause.
Wyke started his professional career with Middlesbrough but never made an appearance, although during his time at Boro he did have a loan spell in League One with Hartlepool where he was a team-mate of another new Sunderland signing, Jack Baldwin.
Wyke becomes Sunderland’s 11th signing of the summer after Luke O’Nien, Dylan McGeouch, Reece James, Jon McLaughlin, Jerome Sinclair, Tom Flanagan, Jack Baldwin, Glenn Loovens, Alim Ozturk and Chris Maguire.
It won’t be the end of Sunderland’s transfer business, though, with the club still hoping to shift on the high earners and add further to their squad before the window closes on the 9th of August.
The player is still recovering from a knee injury he picked up during his pre-season with Bradford, so we may not see him in action for a few weeks, but bringing in a physical presence up front will complete a big piece of the jigsaw as Jack Ross looks to put the finishing touches on a team that can gain promotion at the first attempt.