Preston North End’s search for a new striker appears to have taken them to former Crystal Palace hitman Connor Wickham.

Frankie McAvoy is keen to get a new striker in before the transfer deadline later this month, with Manchester City’s Liam Delap’s believed to be a target.

It could be a former Premier League striker coming in though, with Wickham on Preston’s radar after his Crystal Palace contract expired.

We understand that Wickham attended today’s game against Peterborough United and even trained with North End on Friday.


That points towards Preston being down the line with a move for Wickham, who has no future at Palace.

Wickham, 28, was a wonderkid with Ipswich Town, earning a £12million move to Sunderland in the summer of 2011.

With just 15 goals in 91 games for the Black Cats, Wickham struggled to live up to his billing, and it was more of the same after a £7million move to Crystal Palace in 2015.

Wickham has only managed 41 Premier League appearances for Palace, scoring eight goals in that time.

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He did play for Sheffield Wednesday on loan in 2020, scoring twice in 13 Championship outings.

The goals just haven’t flowed in Wickham’s career, averaging around one in five across the course of his club career.

Injuries have been a problem too, and Wickham didn’t play a single game in the 2020-21 season, meaning he may be a little rusty.

We will now see whether Preston push ahead with a deal for Wickham, with 10 days of the transfer window left to go.

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