Bruce exults after signing Wickham

The Sunderland manager, Steve Bruce, could not hide his delight after snatching teenage striker Connor Wickham from under the noses of his more illustrious suitors.

"A number of top sides have been chasing Connor for some time now, so naturally we are absolutely delighted he has chosen to come to Sunderland," Bruce said after the 18-year-old signed in a deal that could rise to £13m. "He's still very young, but at 6ft 3in, he's a physical presence. With his height and style of play, he will offer us a threat in front of goal," Bruce added.