Harry Redknapp is reported to be willing to splash out on Ipswich youngster Connor Wickham and trigger the £15 million transfer clause embedded in his contract.
With the 17 year old a known Liverpool supporter there have been rumours that the Reds have been in talks with Ipswich over a proposed move to Anfield.
Spurs tried to sign the Ipswich striker last year but failed in their attempts and Wickham signed an extension on his contract once the January transfer window shut, keeping him in East Anglia until 2013.
It was within this extension that the clause was inserted – ensuring that Ipswich reaps the financial benefits of losing such a talent.
Wickham came through the youth systems of Reading and then Ipswich, making his league debut for the Tractor Boys in 2009. In the U17 European Championships he was in glorious form scoring both goals in the 2 – 1 win over France in the semi’s and scoring the winner in the final against Spain. As his stock rose so did speculation and he was constantly linked with a move to the Premier League.
At such a young age Wickham has already made over 50 senior appearances for Ipswich – 24 this season with 5 goals so far. Standing over six feet tall he is a domineering physical presence as well as fast and skillful. All being well the U21 international could end up being a world class player for both club and country.
Unfortunately for Tottenham they seem to be fighting a losing battle as the London club is not Wickham’s first choice. Whilst any breakdown in talks with Liverpool may open an avenue, Wickham has his heart on a move to the North West and will no doubt be incessant in making it happen.
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