Nothing official on Connor Wickham, but today’s developments and eyebrow-raising estimates of £!3m as the size of our bid suggest genuine manoeuvres even if the lad still fancies that Anfield bench (read the footnote*), so first let us deal with a smaller number of millions …
If you scroll far enough down the left-hand sidebar, past all the links to other items at Salut! Sunderland or its sister sites, you reach – as I start writing this article – the figure of 995,769. In fact, for reasons unknown to me, you also see 995,770 just above it.
In other words, we are within a few days of hitting the million mark.
Now I am sure there are loads – millions? – of websites that attract a million visitors a minute, if not a trillion hits a second. Even so, it seems a milestone worth crowing about a little.
And I’ll tell you what: it makes the effort and time needed to keep this site going seem like a good idea. I would like to thank all the Sunderland supporters, and also the fans of many, many other clubs who come here, for the loyalty, support and interest the figure represents. I don’t expect you to like everything you find here but it is rewarding to know enough of you find something to amuse or inform.
Salut! Sunderland competitions do not produce prizes at the top end of those won on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
But whether or not Chris Tarrant would sniff at the thought, we are utterly delighted to be able to coincide news of our approaching million with confirmation that for the third season running, the FHD* football magazine When Saturday Comes has agreed to sponsor or co-sponsor the Who Are You? awards made to the opposing supporters who chip in with the best interview responses ahead of their clubs’ games vs Sunderland.
Thanks WSC and thanks to the Salut! Sunderland army of uncommonly literate readers for helping to make this site whatever it is (and I say that in the hope that no one is tempted just to add an h as the new second letter of site).
* FHD? Famously half-decent, which is as we have been known to describe When Saturday Comes. As for Connor Wickham, we still refuse to have our heads turned by speculation … but. That but is that when a report starts with the name of Graeme Anderson, of the Sunderland Echo, and states as fact that SAFC “have had a bid accepted for Ipswich Town star Connor Wickham and are now pushing for talks with the exciting young striker”, you should be able to take it as well-sourced. He does not confirm the reputed £13m size of the bid, and I hope (and suspect) it is actually a great deal less for a young lad who, however bright a prospect, has virtually everything still to prove. There remains the nagging doubt that the boy’s love of Liverpool will make him feel like holding out, unless no equal or better bid comes from Anfield. But with all the usual provisos about nothing being official, our interest does eem to be that of a club with genuine ambition. Oh, and in the time it took to post this, we’re gone 25 or so closer to that million.