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Cardiff City are interested in signing Sunderland forward Charlie Wyke this summer, according to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie.
Wyke has been in fabulous form for Sunderland this season, scoring 30 goals across 50 appearances in all competitions.
25 of those goals have come in Sky Bet League One, with Sunderland looking to win promotion via the play-offs under Lee Johnson.
But Wyke is out of contract in the summer, and if Sunderland do not win promotion, then he could be set to leave the Stadium of Light on a free transfer.
According to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, Cardiff, Nottingham Forest, Millwall and Middlesbrough are interested in the 28-year-old.
Here, we discuss Cardiff’s reported interest in the prolific striker…
Despite his fantastic scoring record this season, I remain unconvinced that Wyke would be a prolific Championship striker and for a team like Cardiff who will be chasing the play-offs, I’d steer clear.
There’s a number of reasons why I wouldn’t go for Wyke if I was Mick McCarthy – mainly because he’s a little too similar to Kieffer Moore.
Both are big lads who like to hold the ball up, but Moore has a lot more about him in every aspect of his game and I just don’t think they’d be great partners.
By all means McCarthy should be in for a new striker this summer, maybe a smaller, quicker one to compliment Moore, but I just can’t see Wyke fitting in at Cardiff.
Charlie Wyke would be a perfect fit for a club like Cardiff City.
Mick McCarthy has a certain way of playing and that comes with a big, powerful striker leading the line with midfielders able to put balls into the box for him.
Wyke would be ideal for that.
Having scored 30 goals this season it’s clear that the Sunderland man has an eye for goal and with many of his efforts coming from headers you can see exactly why he’d be a target for the Bluebirds.
Given that he’s available on a free transfer I think that this would be a great move and one that would prove to be successful if it came off.
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Wyke is available for next to nothing this summer and every championship manager worth his salt should be eyeing a move for him.
He’s a proven goalscorer at Football League level and would be a superb addition for Cardiff.
With Kieffer Moore potentially leaving, they would need an adequate replacement and the Sunderland man fits the bill.
He would fit in perfectly to McCarthy’s style of play and would add something different to what they already have.
I do however feel that Wyke will stay put in the North East as he was brought up in the area and originally came through at Middlesbrough, so potentially a return to Boro could be on the cards if the Black Cats can’t tie him down to a new deal this summer.