Alan Pardew keen on bringing Ipswich Town youngster to St James’ Park.
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The Magpies are looking for attacking reinforcements following Andy Carroll’s departure.
Newcastle are weighing up a bid for Ipswich Town wonderkid Connor Wickham as Andy Carroll’s replacement.
Alan Pardew’s club allowed England international Carroll to make an incredible £35m switch to Liverpool in the last day of the January transfer window.
The Magpies are expected to reinvest the money towards bolstering their squad in the summer, with the attacking line in particular need of attention.
And News of the World reports the St. James’ Park outfit have identified 17-year-old striker Connor Wickham – consistently linked with Arsenal and Tottenham – as a potential recruit at the end of the campaign.
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Alan Pardew has set his sights on Ipswich Town youngster Connor Wickham and a move to bring in the teenager may be a very wise one as the Newcastle United manager looks to the future as well as the present. The Magpies have very few quality options up front and all those available to the St James’ Park boss at present are not arguably good enough to be considered top half of the Premier League material.
Shola Ameobi was getting into form before he got injured, Leon Best hit a hat-trick against West Ham and has improved a great deal but is still some way short of what Pardew is looking for. Peter Lovenkrands has experience and Nile Ranger is one for the future.
Ideally the Newcastle United boss would like to bring in two strikers, one to replace Andy Carroll now and then a player like Wickham who has a great deal of potential. The Ipswich Town man has shown his quality at Championship level and is being chased by a number of big clubs so if the north-east club can nab him it would be something of a coup and indeed the 17 year old may feel he will have more chance to develop at St James’ Park where he may arguably get more of a look in than at the likes of Arsenal or Tottenham.
The £10m rated teenager has been likened to Alan Shearer and if he could make a fraction of the impact that the former great did then he would be a signing well worth considering.