Sunderland will lose Charlie Wyke if they do not achieve promotion this season.

That is the view of Stadium of Light legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about interest from the Championship in the 28-year-old striker ahead of the summer transfer window.

Wyke has two months left on his contract with the Black Cats and could leave on a free at the end of the season.

Sky Sports‘ Keith Downie claims Cardiff City, Middlesbrough, Millwall and Nottingham Forest have all set their sights on the centre-forward.

Ex-Hoops defender Mark Wilson told the Celtic Huddle Podcast that the Hoops are keen on signing the Sunderland centre-forward this summer.

Wyke has scored 29 goals in 50 appearances this season – only Peterborough United’s Jonson Clarke-Harris has scored more in League One.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Wyke’s future and the Celtic interest, Phillips said:

“Sunderland fans will not thank me for it but if you score 30 goals in League One and you don’t go up clubs will come knocking. That is natural, it almost goes without saying.

“I am not surprised to hear there are Championship clubs sniffing around him because he has had an amazing season. Let’s just hope they do go up and he becomes their main man next season.

“From the player’s point of view, I am sure he wants to have a crack at a higher level because he is 28 now.

“I think it would be extremely difficult to keep hold of him if they don’t go up.” 

In other news, Sunderland join Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End and Ipswich Town in the race to sign in-form attacker from their League One rivals.