Nottingham Forest and Celtic have missed out in the race to sign Charlie Wyke. The Northern Echo claims that League One outfit Wigan will win the race to sign the 28-year-old.
The uncompromising talisman was at Sunderland last season. He fired 30 goals for the Black Cats as they reached the play-offs in the third tier.
Celtic had looked to have won the race to sign the striker. The Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou is getting his feet under the table at Parkhead, but a deal was thought to be close.
Wigan have come in with an eleventh-hour bid though. The Latics have given the striker a staggering £10,000-a-week contract at the DW Stadium.
Leam Richardson’s team narrowly avoided relegation last season. It would seem as though they have big ambitions of getting back into the Championship this time around, however.
It leaves Forest still waiting to add a striker to their ranks. Boss Chris Hughton has made no secret of his desire to add more attacking players to his ranks this summer.
Following Wyke’s decision, it seems as though it’s back to the drawing board for the Forest incumbent.
Missing out on Wyke isn’t the end of the world for Forest
As decent as Wyke has been for Sunderland, he’s never experienced Championship football during his career.
At 28 he is also firmly in his prime. With that in mind, he could start to decline in the next few years.
Wigan are paying him £10,000-a-week to play in the third tier and that sort of money wouldn’t have made much sense from a Forest point of view.
The Reds will hope to get a striker before the big kick-off, but perhaps it’s not such a bad thing they’ve missed out on Wyke.