By Kevin Phillips

18th Jun, 2021 | 7:00pm

Sunderland facing 'massive blow' as Wyke edges closer to Celtic move - Phillips

Sunderland are set to suffer a “massive blow” as Charlie Wyke nears a move to Celtic.

That is the view of Stadium of Light legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 28-year-old’s likely departure from the Wearside club this summer.

Wyke‘s contract with the Black Cats is set to expire at the end of this month at which point he will be able to join another club as a free agent.

Football Insider revealed on 16 June that Celtic are set to offer Wyke a long-term contract and the latest update from a recruitment source is that talks with the Glasgow giants are progressing well.

Phillips fears it will be hugely difficult for Sunderland boss Lee Johnson to replace the ex-Bradford City striker.

“It is a massive blow,” he told Football Insider.

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I have friends in the north east who watch a lot of Sunderland and they all have their own opinion about Charlie, good or bad.

The stats do not lie though. He scored 30 goals last season and if you take those goals out of the side they would not have even been in the play-offs.

To lose him on a free is an undoubted blow. Why did they let it happen? Was it the player or the club that let his contract run down?

It is a huge loss because there are not many strikers out there who will come to Sunderland and score 30 goals next season. They are few and far between.

It is not ideal for Lee Johnson. He has now got a big job trying to replace him before they start of the season.”

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