Are Newcastle After Ipswich’ 17 Year-Old Connor Whickham?


The Sun today says that one of Newcastle’s January targets is Ipswich’s 17 year-old whiz kid striker Connor Whickham.

Connor Whickham – already an England U21 International

The 17 year-old 6’3″ striker has played for all of the England Youth teams, and already has one appearance at the England U-21 level.

Connor made his England U21 debut last month against Germany,  when he came on as a 66th minute substitute – but England were beaten 2-0.

There are not too many 17 year olds who make an appearance for the England U21 side.

There was news back in May that Newcastle were interested in this lad, so this may just be regurgitated news, and there are also a lot of teams that will want him if he is made available by Ipswich.

Connor starred for the England U17 side when they won their first European Under-17 Championship title last May, when they beat Spain 2-1 in Liechtenstein in the final,  and Whickham scored a terrific goal in that game.

Reports early last summer said that Harry Redknapp at Spurs was willing to offer Ipswich £5M for the player, and then let him immediately play on loan at Ipswich Town, and Newcastle could do the same thing, although £5M may be too much for the Tyneside club to pay up front.

The Colchester-born 6’3? striker has so far played  47 times with 6 goals  for Ipswich , and of course scored a great goal against Newcastle on 24th April in Newcastle’s last home game of the season.

Wickham made his debut for the Ipswich Town first team on 11th April 2009, aged just 16 years and 11 days, coming on as a substitute in a 3–1 home defeat against Doncaster Rovers.

That made him the youngest player to ever make an appearance for Ipswich Town.

The Hereford-born Connor started his football at Nottingham Forest,  and then moved onto Ipswich Town in 2006, at 13 years of age, where he continued in the youth structure of the East Anglia club.

But if this lad is as good as we think he is,  there will many clubs after him, and it’s a good question whether Newcastle could attract him to Tyneside.

Usually for young players like this, there would be graduated payments made, depending  on how he progressed at Newcastle, with money being paid to Ipswich after an agreed to number of first team games,  and then when and if he becomes a full England International – as just a couple of possible examples.

Connor  fits perfectly into the profile of a player Newcastle are after, and while we think he would be a great acquisition for Newcastle, it may be difficult for the Tyneside club to fight off interest from other top clubs.

But there’s no doubt at all that this youngster would be an exciting and excellent acquisition for Newcastle – for the future.

Comments welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • alkinou

    Dec 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ve hardly ever seen him play but “47 times with 6 goals” doesn’t seem that great to me for a striker. But seeing all the hype he’s surrounded by makes me think he’s got something special.

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  • nuttyward

    Dec 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    we need experiance for the rest of the season but he could be 1 for the future.
    adam johnson should be our top target then a striker IMO .
    i wouldnt disrupt the tean to much but you do need healthy cover

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Alkinou

    Carroll wasn’t exactly prolific when he started out. Think long term.

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  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Dec 23, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    47 games 6 goals, he’s only 17 thats not overly bad going, I’m sure rooney at that age had similar stats? Would be a good signing!!!

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  • john_cena163

    Dec 23, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Sign him, but 5mill is too much, may be 1.5 mill or say 2mill will be a good deal.

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  • NOVA2967

    Dec 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Didnt his manager Keano just say he would want 20 million for him as he rates him to a young Rooney. Also has interest from top clubs.

    With that said,
    We do have one advantage and it is for him to play along side Carroll.

    I know we arent a top club as people keep saying on here and alot of unrealistic players are brought up but we are an attracted club to join at the moment. The stadium ,the fans, the atmosphere and the team morale at the moment which is full of great players and great leaders.

    We have developed players very well the last year and i think we should go in for every top player we can.

    I just hope the kid has some speed at 6’3 to run on to Carrolls flick headers.

    I think Ashley is willing to pay up for the right players and this might be one.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 23, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    £5Mil?

    I dont think so, not much sell on value there for the fat man.

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  • AussieToon

    Dec 23, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #8

    I have watched this kid and he will be a super player with the right development.

    When I saw him I thought straight away he would be a top class partner next to Carroll. Strenght and pace, he has it and is only 17 years of age.

    A bargain for 5 million. He will be doubled that valuation by the time he hits 20.

    I would give them 3 million up front and then depending on appearances and International caps have that go up to a point of 7 million if all requirements are meant over the years. Sell Leon Best for a couple of million and use those funds to get someone younger and better.

    This kid is damn good.

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  • Jose Enrique

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Nile ranger is better

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 23, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #11

    @ nufclewin // Dec 23, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    THERES MORE TO LIFE THAN FAKEBOOK!

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  • Bucks mag

    Dec 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Even if this story is true, we wouldn’t get him. £5m would be too cheap to buy him as well.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Can someone tell me how he can be born in both Hereford and Colcester? Takes some doing that. ;o)

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Colchester even.

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