Portman Road striker heading to Anfield?
Liverpool have demonstrated their determination to invest heavily in young talent to take them back among the Champions League elite with an £8m offer for Ipswich Town’s Connor Wickham, one of the brightest prospects in the English game.
Ipswich have rejected the bid and want £10m but since Liverpool were willing to pay that sum in January, Kenny Dalglish is confident that they can secure the services of the 18-year-old striker, who forced himself on to the international stage last summer when he steered England Under-17s to the European Championship title.
Liverpool’s plans to sign Wickham had to be ditched in January amid the frenzy created by Fernando Torres’s declaration that he was intent on leaving for Chelsea, and the pursuit of Andy Carroll.
There is a rapidly growing queue of interested parties pursuing Portman Road youngster Connor Wickham and it seems that Liverpool have put in a bid to test the water and may have to up the offer in order to win the race to sign the striker who has been likened to Wayne Rooney.
Kenny Dalglish clearly has an eye for youthful signings that he sees as being part of the Anfield club’s long term strategy and after bringing in strikers Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in January will be looking to spend some more of the American owners money this summer.
Liverpool are also said to be keen on signing young Blackburn Rovers centre back Phil Jones, a move that makes a great deal of sense given that Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos aren’t getting any younger and that Daniel Agger seems to have a fair few injury issues to deal with.
Wickham has shown his ability to perform at Championship level and at just 18 clearly has the footballing world at his feet and if Liverpool are to lure the powerfully built striker to Merseyside they will have to fight off interest shown by Arsenal, Tottenham and others to land Hereford born striker.
The Tractor Boys front man is now an England Under 21 international and is part of Stuart Pearce’s squad for the up coming European Under 21 championships in Denmark. Wickham netted nine times for Ipswich last term.
Comparisons to Wayne Rooney refer mainly to his potential rather than his style of play as he is a more physical, robust performer and at 6ft 3in tall he likes to get stuck in and can be a handful for opposition defences.