Terms agreed: Wyke snubs Celtic and Sunderland offers to agree Wigan Athletic move - Sources
Wigan Athletic are poised to beat Celtic to the signing of striker Charlie Wyke following his Sunderland exit, Football Insider understands.
The Black Cats offered the prolific striker a new and improved contract, while the Hoops have also offered a deal.
But a recruitment source has told Football Insider that Wigan have won the race for Wyke’s signature and a deal is expected to be done in the coming days.
The 28-year-old has reached an agreement over a deal worth £10,000-a-week with the League One outfit, equivalent to over £500,000-a-year.
That is more than Sunderland were able or willing to pay for the man who scored 30 goals in 53 matches in all competitions last season.
It is a huge statement of ambition from Wigan as they plot their return to the Championship.
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Sunderland will set their sights on a new number nine, while Celtic will also turn their attention elsewhere as they step up reinforcement plans.
The centre-forward position is one of some concern for Ange Postecoglou’s side ahead of next season.
The Hoops recently agreed a one-year contract extension with Leigh Griffiths but sold Polish striker Patryk Klimala to New York Red Bulls in April.
Star man Odsonne Edouard also looks to be headed for the exit door amid interest from multiple Premier League clubs.
Wyke is a completely different type of front man to the French man, with his playing style well suited to the English lower leagues.
He has found the back of the net 58 times in 175 appearances in English football’s third tier across spells with Hartlepool, Bradford and Sunderland.