DEAL DONE: Connor Wickham signs for Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Premier League Crystal Palace
Connor Wickham is a Sheffield Wednesday player after a loan move was agreed with parent club Crystal Palace.
Wickham arrives at Hillsborough for his third loan spell at the club after fruitful loan spells in 2013 and 2014.
The 26-year-old is a previous fan favourite at S6 and arrives after a protracted transfer saga, with the Owls having beaten the likes of Cardiff City, Reading and Bristol City to his signature.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson had previously outlined his potential in the Premier League squad but made clear he would not stand in the way of a move should Wickham want a change.
The former Sunderland man has recorded a goal an assist in the top tier this season and made his presence felt in the Eagles’ equaliser against Manchester City this month.
But he has made only eight appearances in all competitions for Palace this campaign. His opportunities have been largely limited to substitute appearances.
The former England youth international offers a near like-for-like replacement for injured top scorer Steven Fletcher, who is facing at least a further month out after the knee injury suffered in the Owls’ 1-0 FA Cup win over Brighton earlier this month.
The 26-year-old began his career at Ipswich Town before an £8m move to Sunderland in 2011. Wickham had two spells out on loan at Wednesday and one at Leeds United while with the Sunderland before heading south to Palace in 2015.
Knee injuries have restricted Wickham to a total of just 19 league starts at Selhurst Park.