White Hart Lane boss lines up move for Championship star in the making.
Tottenham have launched a bold £5million bid to sign Ipswich starlet Connor Wickham.
Boss Harry Redknapp wants to complete a deal in the summer for the highly-rated young striker, who only turned 17 five weeks ago.
Spurs are prepared to loan Wickham back to the Tractor Boys next season to gain further experience before adding him to the White Hart Lane staff on a permanent basis.
That will keep all parties happy after Ipswich boss Roy Keane admitted recently: ‘The fans would lynch me if I sold Connor.’
Tottenham have made a habit of buying top young British talent in recent years, including Gareth Bale, Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas, Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and John Bostock.
The muscular Wickham – he is 6ft 3ins tall and weighs over 14 stone – has already been tipped as a future England star. He became the youngest player in Ipswich’s history when he made his debut in April last year at just 16 years and 11 days. (Daily Mail)
Harry Redknapp has always been known as a tinkerer but is also a mean spotter of young talent and he would do well to snare the impressive Ipswich forward. The Tottenham boss is looking to bring in new talent to give his squad even more strength in depth and whilst 17 year old Wickham is clearly not going to be a player who would become an immediate part of the Premier League club’s plans he has shown enough potential to suggest that he is not far off top tier level.
The English teenager has been most impressive for Roy Keane’s tractor boys and has also shone whilst on international duty and the White Hart Lane club are hardly the only ones expressing an interest but if the club does indeed clinch a Champions League spot then they may well appear an even more attractive prospect for the Colchester born lad.
The towering frontman may end up costing a bit more than the £5m quoted in today’s ever inflated transfer market but perhaps any potential deal would include a loan back to the east Anglian side or a number of incremental add ons. Either way it would be a very smart move if indeed Redknapp can seal the deal. Without wishing to use a footballing cliche it is worth noting that Connor is very good on the deck for a tall man and has been compared to a young Peter Crouch, even though he is still a good four inches shorter than the lanky Tottenham man.