Ipswich Trying To Keep Connor Whickham At Portland Road

One of the top young stars in England right now is Ipswich’s 17 year-old striker Connor Wickham.

Connor Whickham – Ipswich want to keep their young star

Connor, who stands 6’3″ tall,  scored 3 of   England’s 4 goals in the semi-final against France (2-1 win) and the final against Spain (2-1 win), when England won the European U17 Championships recently in Liechtenstein .

Newcastle fans will also remember that Connor scored a great goal against Newcastle in April of this year at St. James’ Park, in the 2-2 draw with Ipswich, with over 52,000 in attendance for that game.

So it’s hardly surprising that Ipswich want to hold onto their young budding striker, and Ipswich Chief Executive Simon Clegg is insisting the 17-year-old is going nowhere.

Clegg said today:

“Connor signed a two-year contract towards the end of last season and he is committed to Ipswich Town and we are committed to him.”

The Hereford-born player, who turned 17 in March, started his career at Reading in 2002, but moved to Ipswich in 2006 when he was 13.

The youngster has played for Ipswich 31 times with 6 goals and has played for the England U17 side 13 times scoring 9 goals.

We wonder if Chris Hughton would be interested in trying to get this player on loan for next season at Newcastle?

But it also seems clear that there would be some big PL clubs very interested in this player if he was ever made available by the East Anglia club.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #1

    i wish we got him. if not he will be at some other premier league club in a season or 2.
    invest in the future mike ashely u donkey!

  • gorskino10

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Also in the Under 17s Final against Spain he was amazing, he was of such a high quality compaired to others around him in the team, it would be a good investment, and if he does really well which he has the ability to do, someone may offer silly money for him and Cashley will make a big profit on him.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #3

    why would we get another young player on loan when we have ranger.

    We should get him then loan him back to someone

    but yes he looks very good and cover for Carrol.

    Maybe we could swap ameobi for him? but of cash involved.

  • snoutshuffler

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s ‘PortMAN Road’ not Portland 😉

  • boater

    Jun 6, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Yes Ed – portland is in oregon.

    We knew about him first hand, so it will be pretty shoddy by us if we miss out. There could be something in signing and loaning him back to ipswich.


    the idea of swapping a 17 year old for your most experienced striker on the eve of returning to the premiership, but you ponder that he might stymie the development of Ranger???? Sigh… with respect, it suggests you aint all there.

  • Charlietoon

    Jun 6, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    6 goals from 30 games does not sound amazing but if the scouts and Houghton see a need or a use for him then why not try and buy him from Ipswich with an agreement to leave him there for the next season and with an option for the year after. We dont need him wallowing in our reserves and ipswich want him to play next season

  • Charlietoon

    Jun 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d like to celebrate the fact that we are officially listed in the premier league on news now instead of championship!!!!

  • Toon1978

    Jun 6, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    If Ashley really is all for bringing youth in then signing this kid should be top of he list. But it seems to me that he would cost to much for CASHLEY so its a big no.

  • fongct

    Jun 6, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #9

    we cant afford him now anyway

    and if he leaves, he will want to join a big club, probably big 4 teams

    also if we have millions, I prefer we sign an established Pl striker

    even tho it is very nice to see him joining us

  • Toon1978

    Jun 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10


    We cannot afford any bugger according to tight Cashley. If he believes we will establish ourselves as an EPL force next season without spending money then he is sadly deluding himself and showing his lack of Football knowledge. Money needs to be spend end of story.

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Jun 6, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #11

    totally agree

  • N.U.F.C 4 LIFE

    Jun 6, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Offer 4 million plus best and him back on loan thats bound to be an accepteble offer or even ad ranger on loan as well, you have to try and get the new shearer!

  • Bucks mag

    Jun 6, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Charlietoon – I’ve noticed that as well, it’s such a small thing but it makes all that much difference.

  • coxonfamily

    Jun 6, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #14

    St James Park might aswell paint some of the seats in the stadium red and others black, then mike ashley can stand over it and throw the ball in as it spins around… then he can see where his latest gamble will end up.

  • G

    Jun 6, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Just read on newsnow that Chelski are supposedly bidding 7M for Andy Carroll… what a load of sh!te that is? I had to check it wasn’t April 1st there. lol

  • Toonmania

    Jun 6, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #16

    there are quite a few reports of that now, not sure if it’s just one report and a few others are following but i just hope those reports arn’t true

  • boater

    Jun 6, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #17

    The carroll story is coming from a bbc rumours link somewhere, nowt in it. Carroll will not want to join the chelsea reserve graveyard.

    We all start on 0 points in august – plus we don’t have the unwanted (cough) distractions of champion’s league football to worry about.

    Charlietoon/ Bucks Mag – brought a little tear of pride to my eye n’all. We are back all yee other barrstaards.. back!

  • G

    Jun 6, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #18

    So looks like jay has resurfaced for the bbc rumour service then? Never believed the rumour for the minute. I just really cannot see drogba sweating on his place cos AC has arrived?

  • Cheshireitfc

    Jun 8, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Have you all gone stark raving bonkers!?

    1) Connor has said he is committed to Ipswich Town. You have even quoted as much in your own blog. Define committed someone.

    2) IF he was going to move to a Premier League club, is it likely he’d move to one that doesn’t have the greatest history of getting the best out of players, or arguably one that specialises in ruining them? No.

    3) IF he was going to move to a Premier League club and there are are big clubs interested (again, as stated in your own blog) why would he move to Newcastle United? Yes, you’ve just been promoted, but so have Blackpool….he’s as likely to want to go there.

    4) Connor has only just signed a two year contract. Why would he sign a TWO year contract if he didn’t want to play for Ipswich Town next season?

    5) Connor has signed a TWO year contract…(that’s TWO). I’m sure you are well aware of the fact that any player under contract will move for a transfer fee. Why (oh, why) on earth would we sell him in the first year of his contract baring in mind he’s going to be worth more next summer!? Anyone?

    I’m expecting you to write an article on Newcastle perhaps signing Ronaldo and loaning him back to Real Madrid tomorrow. It is just as likely as Connor Wickham wanting to move to Newcastle.

    Good luck next season.


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