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?
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