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Connor Wickham makes Leeds United switch

26 February 2014

Leeds United have signed Sunderland striker Connor Wickham on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has already enjoyed a spell in Yorkshire this term, scoring eight goals in 11 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday.

Wickham, who cost the Black Cats £8.1million in June 2011, becomes the second high-profile loan signing to arrive at Leeds in the last week, following England Under-21 team-mate Jack Butland to Elland Road.

"We are delighted to have signed Connor until the end of the season," Whites manager Brian McDermott told the club's official website.

"There was a lot of competition for his signature, but he was very keen to come and play at Leeds United. He is another young English player who has everything in front of him."

Wickham admitted there was only one place he wanted to go once United entered the race to sign him.

"Once I heard Leeds were interested in signing me there were no other choices and no doubt I wanted to come," he said.

"I played against Leeds earlier this season with Sheffield Wednesday. The potential here is a big. There are some players here that I know already, and the team is looking to push towards the play-offs. Hopefully I can help with that.

"I just want to play football and do the best I can and hopefully push the team into the promotion picture."

Wickham is in line to make his Leeds debut when they take on QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday.

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