The 18-year old first shot to fame at last year’s under-17 European Championships and has often been compared to a young Alan Shearer. Despite growing up in Essex, the 6ft 3in striker is said to be a boyhood Liverpool fan.
The 2011 Football League Young Player of the Year has regularly been linked with moves to Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham but signed two contract extensions last season, first in January and then in April until 2014. However, the contract reportedly contains a £15 million release clause but whether Liverpool would meet it remains to be seen.
Since becoming the club’s youngest player in April 2009 Wickham has gone on to make 72 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals. He also made his England Under-21 debut in November of last year.
Liverpool looked at Wickham in January but instead spent over £50 million on the signings of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, largely funded by the sale of Fernando Torres. New owners Fenway Sports Group have money to spend and are keen to invest in young talent.
Written by Richard Perry