Tottenham Hotspur readying £5m bid for Ipswich Town starlet Connor Wickham - report

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is planning a £5 million bid for Ipswich Town's young forward Connor Wickham, according to the Daily Mail.

The 17-year-old, who became the Tractor Boys' youngest ever player when he made his debut as a 16-year-old in April last year, enjoys a growing reputation in the game, and Spurs hope that a sizeable fee and an agreement to loan him back to Portman Road for a season will ensure they win the race for his signature.

Standin at over six foot and weighing more than 14 stone, Wickham has all the physical attributes of a potential star, and Ipswich boss Roy Keane admits he is a special prospect.

"The fans would lynch me if I sold Connor," Keane said recently.

"If I was a manager of one of the big Premiership clubs I know what type of player I would be looking at.

"Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale went for big, big money and these boys had only played 15 or 20 games for Southampton.

"There are managers out there looking for young, hungry players and I can't deny there's a saying in football that every player has his price."

Wickham made 10 senior starts this season, scoring a creditable six goals.

"There is no doubt he is destined to be something very, very big in the game," Wickham's agent, Paul Goddard, said in December.

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