Jewell rules out Wickham return

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Connor Wickham has struggled to establish himself at Sunderland
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Connor Wickham has struggled to establish himself at Sunderland

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell says Connor Wickham is unlikely to return to Portman Road on loan this season, despite struggling to make an impact at Sunderland since his big-money move.

Wickham ended his time at Town when he moved to the North East last summer in an £8million deal.

Unfortunately the 19-year-old only made five starts for his new side, leading to speculation he could be loaned out to get some first-team experience.

But Jewell has ruled the Suffolk side out of the running for his signature.

"I think we have got first call on Connor if he becomes a loan," Jewell told Sky Sports. "I also think we have got to pay three-quarters of his wages and we haven't got that type of money."

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