Sunderland have told West Ham they will “100 per cent categorically” not sell Connor Wickham.
Reports that we have pulled out of the ‘race’ for the player started circulating this morning but by this afternoon the conspiracy theories had started over his future.
We were told by one club source that the club may now be waiting to see if the player puts himself on the transfer list thus prompting a new bidding war.
However, as things stand at this moment the Hammer have withdrawn after offering between £6m and £7m.
A source told us: “We are confident of finding a front man. We still have several options
“Sunderland have told us 100 per cent they won’t sell Wickham so as it stands we have to accept that it’s dead but we’ll keep an eye on developments.”