Cardiff, Middlesbrough, Millwall and Nottingham Forest target Sunderland striker
Sunderland face a battle to keep hold of top scorer Charlie Wyke this summer with four Championship clubs now reported to be interested in securing his services.
The 28-year-old striker has scored 30 goals in all competitions for The Black Cats so far this season and has just been shortlisted for the EFL Player of the Season award.
Wyke, who is out of contract at the Stadium of Light in June, is now attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.
Sky Sports’ North East reporter Keith Downie tweeted that Cardiff, Middlesbrough, Millwall and Nottingham Forest are understood to be interested in Wyke. The striker would be able to leave on a free should he not be able to agree a new deal at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland boss Lee Johnson is currently focused on guiding the club back to the second tier after a three year absence – they currently sit third in the table with three games remaining but are without a win in their last six.
Wyke’s brace against Accrington Stanley saw him become the first Sunderland player since Kevin Phillips in 1999-2000 to score 30 goals in a single season.
And Phillips believes his former club could struggle to keep hold of Wyke, particularly if they fail to get promoted.
“The more he scores the more people will want him at the end of the day,” the Cats legend told Football Insider.
“If Sunderland don’t go up, there will be teams sniffing around – 100 per cent. When you are posting numbers like [30 goals], naturally, someone is going to be sniffing around.”