Ambitious Palace snare Wickham

03 August 2015 09:31:38 EST

Connor Wickham hopes he can make a good impression at Crystal Palace after completing his transfer to Selhurst Park from Sunderland.

The 22-year-old former Ipswich Town striker moves to the Eagles for an undisclosed transfer fee and has signed a five year deal with Alan Pardew's side.

He scored 18 goals in the last two seasons for the Black Cats and played a key role in the club's successful bid to avoid relegation in the closing weeks of the 2013/14 campaign.

"I spoke to the gaffer last week and he said all the right things about the club and I've got friends here who also told me some very good things," said Wickham.

"I looked at the team before I arrived here and the signings that have been brought in, and the potential to score goals and the chances that could be created was a massive influence. Hopefully I can add to that talent and make the squad stronger.

"I think I needed the fresh start, I had four years up north and it's been a bit stop-start. Now I've come back home and I can settle down and see my family a bit more and hopefully let my football do the talking."

Palace, 1000/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table in 2015/16 and 1000/1 to be relegated, have also signed Yohan Cabaye and Alex McCarthy this summer.

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