Newcastle Give Up On Connor Wickham – Too Expensive

Connor Wickham is a hot property at the moment, as quite a few Premier League clubs seem interested in the 17 year-old Ipswich striker.

Connor Wickham – playing for the England U17 side

But it looks like Newcastle are not going to be on the the top clubs who will try to sign Connor this summer, as the Newcastle Journal today says they have inside information that Newcastle are no longer interested in the Hereford-born player

The news is that Alan Pardew wants somebody to replace Andy Carroll, who can immediately do the job on Tyneside, rather than bring Connor through over the next few years to become  a potentially top-class Premier League player.

Connor turns 18 a week tomorrow, and has already played 66 times with 12 goals for Ipswich Town, and that’s quite a few games for one so young.

We’re not sure what to make of this news, other than that he will probably cost a bomb in the summer with some top clubs wanting to sign him.

Connor was named the Championship young player of the year and apprentice of the year only last weekend, and Newcastle feel he is not ready yet to play immediately in the Premier League.

We suppose if Newcastle are going to pay out a huge fee,  that’s just exactly what they would want – a regular first teamer immediately.

Connor made his name last year when the England U17 side won the UEFA European Championship by beating Spain 2-1 in the final, and Wickham scored the winner in that game, and had an excellent game.

Connor had also scored both goals in England’s 2-1 semi-final win against France, and he played 13 times for the England U17 side with 9 goals, and already has one cap at the England U21 level.

The news is that Ipswich would be looking for around £15M, if they were to let Wickham go in the summer, and it seems that’s just too much for Newcastle, and they will simply not bother.

What do you think of this situation – is Connor a player Newcastle should be investing in this summer?

Let us know what you think.

Comments very welcome.

25 comments so far

  • BergenVikingToon85

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #1

    he’ll cost us what? 3-4m tops.. cant help but think of him and nile ranger on top 2-3 years from now. two wonderkid strikers would do it for me:)

  • G

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #2

    @ post 1. He would cost a lot more than that, purely because of the hype surrounding him. Rumours been going round that Ipswich have knocked back 10M plus bids already. He looks a prospect, but I have a funny feeling Whickham is in line to become the next Francis Jeffers?

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ve been trying to think of a way to make watching Newcastle more enjoyable…

    … It’s probably doggy style.

  • BigKirky

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Still should be bought for up to 10million. We’ll look silly if he turns out to be £30million. They’d better get two more strikers in who are top drawer then, cos this is exactly the type of player we should be looking to sign. The best young players around eh? Arsenal way? Walcott cost about £10 million now and is worth a fair bit more now, Rooney , Milner, bale, young. Whether his price is inflated or not, this is what happens when you want the best of the young players out there. So Ashley, you want the best but not prepared to pay it?? Wed still have (technically) £25 million left from Carroll sale… Plus where is the £20m he originally stated that the manager would to spend every season? I suppose that includes money made off player sales… Rubbish. Its so annoying being fed lines about buying best young talent.. Yeah best young talent, as long as we don’t to above 6million. Rubbish. They’d better show some intent in this window. Our actual ambitions will be revealed come end of the transfer window. He was reluctant to give hughton money cos he knew he’d sack him… Fair enough big buys can be rubbish in Jan. So ok, this summer is it mike, show us your intent!

  • BigKirky

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    But I wouldn’t pay £15m

  • chuck

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Seems there are clubs watching the kid already and some rumored to be willing to part with as much as ten million.
    As far as we are concerned NUFC, thats not the way our owner does business, too expensive and no guarrantee of him developing into a player worth much more than the above figure.
    He`s so astute in fact, its said he was willing to let Carroll go last year for less than two million.
    Course now he`s a genius, getting thirty five big ones, could`nt believe his luck, even used his copter to get him to pool before they changed their mind.
    Hey ! I cant say i blame him, almost as good as Pools deal for Torres or Fergies deal for Ronaldo.

  • Lowesy

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Offer £10m with a clause of £3m after 5 international appearances! He becomes a top player, we’ll fork out more money, simple! He is a player we should be looking for and BigKirky is right (even though someone with the name BigKirky should never be right), good young players cost about as much as good players in their mid/late 20’s nowadays! I just wonder if we’ll keep a hold on to these youngsters or build them up and sell them, I know I don’t want the club to be a stepping stone to the so called “big clubs” (cue Carroll’s face and my boot). But I digress, Wickham is good, young, English, tall, big, and a fair striker of the ball. Him and Ranger would be interesting, talk of Jarvis coming in, Larsson, can’t see Petric and Cavani, but we can look elsewhere!

  • wynsleap

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry to sound negative but on the two or three occasions I’ve watched this lad I haven’t been overly impressed.
    £15mill. sounds a lot to me for potential and probably too much of a risk.

  • GeordieDan

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Yes he is the type of player we should be investing in-but not at the sort of prices being quoted.

    Some quality youngsters will already be on the radar anyway but agree with the above. We must spend our money wisely on players that can make an instant impact!

    Fingers crossed we can all enjoy a transfer window this year. The last few have been, well shocking, badly-planned, embarrassing even.

    We all need something to get us excited about OUR club again.


  • Davies

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #10

    No. I wouldn’t pay £15m, or £10m. He’s seventeen and bigger clubs are reported to be interested. Let them have him.

    We need to get the very most out of whatever money is available in the summer, and, in my opinion, we could get better, more experienced strikers for a lot less money.

    Don’t get me wrong; it would be nice to see one or two high priced players come in (as long as they’re worth it), but I think we need to find the balance between quality and quantity when we take our next foray into the transfer market.

    (cue – “we won’t see a penny spent in the summer, MA’s asset stripping etc…”).

  • BigKirky

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Although I’d have to weigh up how good the other targets are before spending any money. The fact is this… We need two quality forwards. End of story.

  • BigKirky

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d be all over sturridge as a higher priority. Great skills and pace.

  • Lowesy

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #13

    I am please to hear that Pardew has sent scouts out everywhere and that they will “leave no stone unturned”. Does anyone have any thoughts on who we should be bringing in? Any names out there that jump out at you?

  • max

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #14

    LB: armand traore@ emilio insua@ figueroa
    WING: aiden mcgeady@ podolski
    striker: gervinho@ luuk de jong

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #15

    No thanks, I’d like to see the sale of Casserole mark a change in style, no more big lumps up front.

    If we’re going to sign a target man, I’d like a more technically gifted one, for example Berbatov, Pavlyuchenko, those types.

    I also hope Pardew is keeping tabs on Djibril Cisse’s wrangle in Greece. If he becomes a free agent this summer, move quickly. He’s definitely got a few top seasons left in him.

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Mar 23, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #16


  • nyctoon

    Mar 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #17

    5m max I’d even consider paying but this kid is a good prospect. that being said I’d much rather develop the youth we have in airey/ranger pairing with a separate transfer to be brought in over the summer. I know not a replacement for carroll but i think these two will come good if pushed nd given the right chances (ahem AP). Also would it ever be possible to test out airey and ranger heading up the 442? I know they’re young but now is the time to give em the exposure…

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #18

    nyctoon, No it’s not. When we’re safe, then ok. but not now.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Mar 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #19

    After getting 35M for Avatar its obvious that there is no bargains for english players. However 15M for a player of Wickhams ability is peanuts snd we should be looking at this type of player if we want to get better.
    That said, I cant believe the people on here supporting Ashleys plans of buying cheap and sell on at a profit. Mid table mediocrity seems to be the best we can hope for – both with the managments and perhaps with some supporters

  • giimps

    Mar 23, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Geordie German,
    Bit of a dilema though, stick with Strolland his mask, Lovaman and Best and prey they have great games by their standards…..or risk Airey Ranger and Ferguson .I know which I would prefer….if it was me choosing ……Strolla wouldnt play till fully fit, Lovaman would be an impact player/sub at the most.I would have Best with Ranger, no Nolan but have guti on right Fergy on left Joey and Ireland in the middle.Harps in nets with Colo MIke Jose and simmo at the back.
    I hope to god Pardew dont stick with the same front 2 all season otherwise its fizzy pop next year IMHO.

  • alka

    Mar 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #21

    To those of you thinking about signing Sturridge, the word here in Manchester is to forget it because he has a big attitude problem and that is the reason Citeh got rid of him.


    Mar 23, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Lovenkrands positional sense is excellent .

    Watch him hit the right spot nearly every time the ball is knocked on in the box ..amazing to watch if your not ball watching

    An uncanny sense of where the ball is going to be before the balls played in ..
    He just needs a bit of luck and a few breaks in front of goal ..He is very intelligent when it comes to being in the right channel …watch him do it ..He cant dictate where the defender will be though but he is always in the right place and get’s there before anyone has thought about it ..He will Score a few more .. SBR rated him…I can see why even a few years on from when he went to the Gers.

    In Fact look at some earlier games this season and last and watch his positional play..He’s a really fast thinker , just needs a bit of luck in front of goal.

  • Lowesy

    Mar 23, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Online Guy….are you Peter Lovenkrands?!

  • nyctoon

    Mar 23, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Point taken GG, maybe I agree more with glimps on this and think Ameobi has had a real poor run in terms of goals, and believe its time to shake things up a little–perhaps in a fashion a little less drastic than I suggested. At the very least would like to see Best/Ranger start. Airey suggestion maybe a bit too soon lol

  • Brutooon

    Mar 23, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #25

    We don’t need him, We got Nile Ranger


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