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UNITED WIN STRIKER RACE

Connor Wickham joins on loan...

Published 26 February 2014 at 02:00

Connor Wickham

Leeds United have won the race to sign Sunderland striker Connor Wickham on loan until the end of the season.

The highly-rated 20-year-old, who cost the Wearside club £8m when he joined from Ipswich in 2011, boasts 28 goals from 128 appearances and has represented England at all levels up to Under-21.

“We are delighted to have signed Connor until the end of the season,” said United manager Brian McDermott.

“There was a lot of competition for his signature, but he was very keen to come and play at Leeds United. He is another young English player who has everything in front of him.”

Wickham carved out a name for himself at Ipswich before earning a move to Premier League Sunderland. He has also had two loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday.

The striker is the club’s second signing in the space of a week, with Wickham following in the footsteps of full England international Jack Butland, who has joined on loan from Stoke and made an impressive debut at Middlesbrough last weekend.

Elland Road managing director David Haigh said: “We’re delighted to bring another quality player into the club. Jack showed why we were so keen to sign him with a terrific performance at Middlesbrough on Saturday, and Connor is another young player with a similar pedigree.

“Brian has made no secret of the fact that he has been looking to strengthen, and we’re delighted we’ve been able to support him with two key acquisitions to the squad.”

Wickham will wear the number nine shirt.

FREE WICKHAM SHIRT PRINTING

To celebrate the the signing of Connor Wickham, you can get WICKHAM and his squad number 9 printed for FREE when you purchase a 2013/14 Mens Short Sleeved Standard fit, Ladies or Junior home shirt, online, in the Elland Road Superstore or at our store in the Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre!

Offer ends 6pm Sunday 9 March.