As Arsenal remain on the lookout for a new striker (someone to partner Romelu Lukaku perhaps?), the tenuous claims go that Arsene Wenger is plotting a heist of his own on master wheeler-dealer Harry Redknapp.
Specifically, Professor Wenger allegedly desires to snatch Ipswich Town’s 17-year old prospect Connor Wickham from under the east-ender’s nose. A deal to bring Wickham to White Hart Lane is rumoured to be already completed, but until the yellow bar at the bottom of the Sky Sports News screen dictates so, nothing is certain.
Ipswich fansite Singing The Blues cite an unnamed Arsenal source:
“Arsenal are looking at him but they don’t normally make rash decisions, they like to be sure in what they’re getting.
“They always want to have plenty of views and want to know warts and all of what they are getting. I would be surprised if he goes in January. Next summer is more likely.
“Apart from his physical attributes, which are there for everybody to see, he is quick, which you don’t always get with big guys, Connor Wickham is good at holding the ball up although at that age there are bound to be rough edges. Balls sometimes bounce off him that shouldn’t do. For his size, he can improve his heading as well, which is about timing.
“Clubs like Arsenal will be looking for a rounded package, somebody who can fit into their technical passing style. They will not want moves to break down or slowed down by a striker who is not in tune with the midfielders.”
Arsenal may appear to be a more attractive prospect at first, with all their decorations, but Tottenham look like they mean business as well. With a statement of interest already made, the rightfully high-aiming whites of North London should remain favourites to sign Wickham.
Both teams have money – may the best bid win…