Celtic "target" Charlie Wyke opens contract renewal talks with Sunderland
Reported Celtic target Charlie Wyke is in contract renewal talks with Sunderland.
The Black Cats failed to get through the League One play-offs, resulting in a number of players being released. However, 30-goal striker Wyke is being offered an extension to his contract in the North East, according to the club.
In a statement, Sunderland said [SAFC]:
“Aiden McGeady, Denver Hume and Luke O’Nien will be offered new contracts at the Stadium of Light and discussions continue to take place with Charlie Wyke over his future at the club.”
News of Celtic’s reported interest in Wyke came from Celtic Huddle Podcast host and ex-Bhoy Mark Wilson. The former defender claimed on the popular Celtic show:
“It’s understood that Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke is on a list of potential summer signings.
“Looking into him, he’s scored 30 goals this season in League One. He’s 28-years-old and he’s available on a free transfer.”
What does this mean in terms of Celtic pursuit for Charlie Wyke?
Ultimately, it all depends entirely on the player, here. Wyke has enjoyed a fantastic season, but it’s the first time he’s topped 20 league goals in a single campaign. His previous scoring exploits were at League Two level, with Bradford City and Carlisle United.
So, to Wyke, it may be a case of now or never, provided he wants to join a big team. But we shouldn’t assume or take it for granted that every player wants that. He maybe realises he’s onto a good thing with Sunderland, albeit in League One.
It’s not as if he’ll be badly recompensed for his efforts, either. Sunderland are backed by billionaire Kyril Louis-Dreyfus [Tatler]. While cost-cutting will need to be in place to some extent, it’s hardly as if Wyke will be struggling for funds.
For Celtic’s part, Wyke is 28 and reaching his prime. It’s not a move with the long-term in mind, by any means. But not every signing has to be. Tall, strong and imposing, Wyke offers something different, while clearly not shy of running towards goal. For a season or two, he may be the perfect Plan B. However, we said the same about Vakoun Issouf Bayo.
Honestly, this is a hard one to either justify or rule out. What’s clear is that if Celtic want him, they need to act now.