Newcastle Will Have Difficult Time Acquiring Connor Whickham

There are news reports today that Newcastle United are interested in signing Ipswich Town striker Connor Wickham in the summer.

Connor Whickham – 17 year old wonder kid

The 17-year-old, who scored for Ipswich last year n their 2-2 draw at Newcastle, as the Tyneside club secured promotion back to the Premier League, is also a target of many of the top clubs however.

Newcastle are lining up a number of potential transfer targets in the summer, including Bolton’s Johan Elmander and Lille’s Gervinho, if press reports are to be believed.

Whether they can be successful in acquiring young Connor Wickham is an open question, as some big club just come in and usurp any deal,  by offering ridiculous money for the player.

Clubs  like Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are only too capable of doing that, as the Merseyside club showed when they signed Andy Carroll last month.

The 6ft 3in  forward has already represented England at the Under-16, U17,  U-19 and U-21 levels, and certainly looks like a future star.

The report is in the News of the World, but we just wonder if right now,  Newcastle have the prestige and success to attract a player who will be sought after by other clubs in Europe this summer.

The boy turns 18 at the end of March,  and started his career at Reading,  before moving to Ipswich in 2006.

Connor, who was born in Hereford,  has played 58 times for Ipswich with 8 goals, has represented the England U21 side once so far.

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49 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #1

    We couldnt get him, if the press are to believed every big club is in for him, he’ll obviously choose one of them instead.

  • Jose Enrique

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #2


  • Jose Enrique

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Ahh no 2 nd

  • Jose Enrique

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #4

    And 3rd and 4th

  • lewman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5

    he wouldnt join man city or chelsea but i am sure he would jump at the chance of signing for arsenal or man u as they put their trust in youngsters.
    if we do go for him then i think he will cost too much for a player who probably wont come good for atleast another full season.

  • lewman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    that was a few interesting comments jose, well worth the read.

  • Jose Enrique

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed i dont think man city are gonna buy hin. Haha. They want good players now not in a few years time. And i dont think liverpool will be after him either they already have suarez and carrollvand want players better then wickham

  • Jose Enrique

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Thanks lewman 🙂

  • Stuart

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Thats how you do a 1st Jose.

    Notice there isnt a single mention of the number 1, and that I actually made a point haha. I don’t get why people jizz about being first to read a blog post. Just means you’re the sad git refreshing the page every two seconds (in this case thats me haha)

  • Jose Enrique

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Ipswich would want like 10m for him and i dnt think big fat ashley will want to risk that much money on what could be a floo

  • ganiyu

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #11

    and ed what are we going to do with ranger?

    Ed do you agree with me that newcastle would not spend atmost 10m for a unproven

  • Jose Enrique

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Haha well its the first time ive ever been near first so i got slightly carried away 😀

  • Stuart

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m sure our chief scout Graham Carr could find 3 unknown quality players for £10m. I reckon the money would be much better spent elsewhere.

  • lewman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #14

    if you can get 5th and 6th, now that is a real achievment.
    back on topic, i think unless ashley is willing to buy him seperatly from our carroll money, then it will be a waste as he is not developed enough yet to score consistantly in the premier league week in week out. thats only my opinion though so i could be wrong.

  • Jose Enrique

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Maximum 5mill i would say but doubt ipswich wiuld sell for that

  • ginkoh

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #16

    He’s good prospect no doubt about that. But it will be different story in PRM. He will face trouble to up his level. Where’s Victor Moses now ?

    However I more than happy to sign him here.

  • Stuart

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #17

    If its true that the big clubs are in for him a bidding war would soon start up and very quickly price us out of a deal IMO.

  • super bartooon

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Adel Taarabt 7m Gervinho 12m Christopher Samba 6m Van Aanholt 5m Stephen Ireland 5m 35m pounds well spent end of discussion Andy Carrol who

  • super bartooon

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #19

    The team would look like this for next season pending survival in this season and the 35m invested
    Gk Foster
    RBSimpsonCB SambaCBColociniLB Enrique
    CF Gervinho

  • Stuart

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #20

    I’d take that like ^^^

  • lewman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #21

    taaraabt aint going nowhere but the rest look plausable, decent and likely. would like to think that we could get van aanholt for cheaper than 5 million though.

  • Toonboy_84

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Just watching Taarabt against Forest now. He is class! Would love to sign him. He needs to play in a free role though to get the best out of him.

  • lewman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #23

    be nicer still if we get these freebies that we are linked with.

  • javatoonarmy

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #24

    I’d believe he will be our next number 9 😀 he is more faster and skillful than Judas carroll 😀

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #25

    i like his style

  • Sinner

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Im sure he wont be coming to Newcastle.
    Btw,Marveaux has agreed to a pre-contract with Liverpool. 🙁

  • ochytoon

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Sinner, whats ur source?

  • g3ordos

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Elmander will probably end up here along with gervinho if we are lucky. I’ve watched Fraser Forster play a few times this season… Cracking prospect, but needs to improve his kicking massively for him to be considered a contender to steve Harper next season. I remember when given played for months with a groin problem and it affected his kicking massively and resulted in so much pressure being put on the team

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #30

    £10 million in a heart beat for this kid, appears the real deal and a much better prospect than Carroll !

  • youngtoonfan

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #31

    we don’t need upcoming strikers that are only really going to develop properly in the next 1 or 2 seasons who is worth £10m. We need an established goalscorer who we know can actually score week in, week out as we don’t have that at the minute, with lovenkrands and best upfront. In my opinion, they’re not good enough for premier league.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #32

    super bartooon,

    if only. all excellent choices

  • Wright

    Feb 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #33

    AM i the only one that wonders whether elmander would come to us after the kickin we gave him in our last game against bolton.

  • nden85

    Feb 13, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #34

    think we should definitely get him, look at this goal he scored the other day:

    Also think we should try and get Aiden McGeady, scot winger who is brimming with assists and is currently playing russia (where you can’t imagine he’s going to want to stay too long).

    If we could get those two for £20m and pick up a few other bargains, then we would be awesome.

  • nden85

    Feb 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #35

    as superbarton said, taarabat would be amazing and not cost the earth. Super team as follows:

    simpson, taylor, colo, jose
    mcgeady, barton, tiote, tarabat,
    ben arfa

    don’t know where i would put nolan, maybe just make him manager

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 13, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Loven gotta be dropped for ranger and as for wickham 58 games 8 goals it ain’t all that 10mil could be a big waste if he don’t cut it but guessing that’s the way it goes

  • nden85

    Feb 13, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #37

    carrollsinger: alan shearer and wayne rooney had very similar records at that age

  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 13, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #38

    @ 2,3,4 jose enrique! ur a bleedin idiot.

  • branunited

    Feb 13, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #39

    some young forwards who excel in their club, most foreigners.

    1: Kolbeinn Sigþórsson: ICELANDIC, 20, center forward, 1.85 CM, TEAM: AZ ALKMAAR, 10 goals in 21 games.

    2: Robert zulj: CROATIA, AUSTRIAN, 19, 1.89 cm. center forward
    TEAM: SV Ried, 10 games 2 goals.

    3: Atanas Kurdov: Bulgarian, 22, center forward, 1.91 cm, team: Botev Plovdiv, TEAMS: Bayen LEVERKUSEN II (46 GAMES, 16 GOALS, 2007-2010) Botev Plovdiv (20 GAMES, 36 GOALS, 2010 – GOT 3 GOALS IN 3 MINUTES )


    5: Daniel ginczek: GERMANY 19 YEARS,CENTER FORWARD, 1.88 CM, TEAM: Borussia Dortmund. 26 goals in 59 matches at Borussia Dortmund II.

    6: Peter gal-andrezly: Slovakia, attacking midfielder, 20 YEARS, 1.70 CM, TEAM: MFK Kosice.

    7: Connor Wickman: Inglés, striker, 17, 1.91 cm, Team: Ipswich Town.

    8: Kadlec Václav: Czech Republic, CENTER FORWARD, 18, 1.81 cm: TEAM: SPARTA PRAHA: 12 GOALS IN 55 GAMES.

    must be taken into account.

  • henock1989

    Feb 13, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #40

    we need to get him; cause we really dont have any strikers..not being judgmental but all of our strikers suck as shit…and you all know that,..we at least need to buy 3 strikers…and sell
    and bring
    Ricky van Wolfswinkel
    and him


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