White Hart Lane boss closes in on Championship starlet.
TOTTENHAM are ready to make another move for prodigious Ipswich teenager Connor Wickham, an English striker who is already being dubbed the new Wayne Rooney.
Spurs have already had a £5million offer for the 17-year-old turned down, but Harry Redknapp is weighing up an improved £8m bid in an attempt to lure the youngster to White Hart Lane.
Wickham only signed his first professional contract in March, when he turned 17, but he has already made 31 appearances for the Tractor Boys, scoring six times – including three goals in his last five Championship games of the season.
Redknapp has seen enough potential to justify a multi-million pound fee, and the Spurs boss is particularly impressed with the forward’s size – despite his age, Wickham is 6ft 4ins tall and weighs 14 stone.
Premier League scouts report that the talented youngster is just as good as Rooney was at the same age, and bigger.
Wickham made his debut for Ipswich in April 2009, aged 16 years and 11 days, making him the club’s youngest ever player, but it is his performances for England Under-17s which have really caught the eye.
The Tottenham target has netted eight goals in 10 appearances for the young Lions and, having struck a 21-minute hat-trick against Azerbaijan last October, he was the star man at the Uefa Under-17 European Championship in Liechtenstein last month. (Evening Standard)
Clearly its a little misleading and a tad over dramatic for this source to suggest that Connor Wickham is the ‘new Wayne Rooney’ however he is a hot prospect and one that many of England’s elite are watching with real interest and Roy Keane will struggle to keep the England Under 17 international.
Already an established Championship performer at age 17 Wickham has been an astonishing success at International level where he plays alongside the finest young talents of the Premier League and does so with some aplomb.
If Harry Redknapp can indeed secure the signing of the Hereford born teenager then it will be quite an achievement given the apparent interest from the likes of Man United and Chelsea and will be a great investment in the future of the north London club’s attacking force.