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Kaboul set to join Sunderland

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Connor Wickham headed to Palace as Sunderland accept fee - reports

Connor Wickham was not Dick Advocaat's first-choice striker after he took over Sunderland.

Sunderland have accepted a deal to move striker Connor Wickham to Crystal Palace, according to multiple reports.

The fee is believed to be in the range of £10 million, the Sunderland Echo reported.

Sunderland paid Ipswich Town £8m for Wickham's services in 2011, and signed the 22-year-old to a new four-year deal in December.

But that was before Dick Advocaat was appointed Black Cats manager in March, and after coming on the Dutchman dropped Wickham into a deeper role.

Wickham scored 11...

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