Crystal Palace’s Connor Wickham will be released by the Eagles this summer – he was last season linked with all of Birmingham City, Bristol City and Derby County.

Wickham, 28, is included on the Premier League’s 2021 retained list and so will leave Crystal Palace at the end of this month and become a free agent.

The Englishman has endured some tough years with Palace, spoiled by injury and a subsequent lack of game time, but the summer ahead could pose some new opportunities.

On deadline day of the last summer transfer window, Derby County were being linked with a late loan swoop for Wickham and in the winter transfer window, both Birmingham City and Bristol City were reported (Sun on Sunday, 10.01.21) to be ‘checking’ on the striker.

He failed to make a Premier League appearance for Palace in the season just gone but spent part of the 2019/20 campaign on loan with Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship, where he netted twice in 13 outings.

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Wickham will obviously have been on a healthy contract at Selhurst Park and having proved injury prone in recent seasons, anyone taking a chance on him is doing so at their own risk.

He gave a brief account of what he can bring to teams when on loan at Sheffield Wednesday – he’s a target man, is strong in the air and able to play as a lone striker, but needs the best possible service to perform.

It’s unclear what the future holds for him at this point but expect a handful of clubs in the Championship to be weighing up a move if the money is right.