By Kevin Phillips

16th Jul, 2020 | 9:15pm

'Great business' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips tips Sunderland to sell 27yo & sign goalscorer

Kevin Phillips has tipped Sunderland to sell Charlie Wyke this summer and reinvest the money in an out-and-out goalscorer.

The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the 27-year-old was not the type of striker the club needed next season if they are to gain promotion.

Wyke led the line for the majority of the season after Phil Parkinson’s appointment in October but only scored six goals in 30 appearances.

However, Football Insider understands that the Black Cats may cash in on the former Bradford player as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.

Ipswich have set their sights on him with manager Paul Lambert keen to take the forward to Portman Road.

When asked by Football Insider if he would like the striker to remain on Wearside this summer, Phillips said:

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“It would not be bad business if they sold Wyke and used it to sign another striker.

“Charlie has done well in spells this season but they need an out and out goalscorer and he is not that. He gives them a different option.

“If there was a chance to free some money up and bring in a different type of striker, I would do that. Going into a fresh season it is an area that Sunderland need to look at.”

Football Insider understands that Jerry Yates and former Black Cat Mikael Mandron have been considered by the recruitment department.

Phil Parkinson’s side narrowly missed out on a Play Off spot last month after the season was curtailed.

In other Sunderland news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider big earner’s time at the Stadium of Light is over.

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