Spurs target England U17 starlet

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Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a £5 million move for Ipswich youngster Connor Wickham.

The teenager broke into Roy Keane's side at the start of the current campaign, and Spurs are the latest club to be linked with a transfer swoop for the striker.

Wickham is the youngest player to ever compete for the Tractor Boys, making his debut at just 16 years and 11 days. He has featured regularly since, making 28 league appearances with four goals to his name in the current campaign.

Former United star Keane has said that he would be 'lynched' if he allowed the player to leave the club, but the Daily Mail reports that Harry Redknapp would be willing to loan the forward back to Ipswich for a season.

On the international stage, Wickham cut his teeth with the England U16s before stepping up to U17 level in August 2009. He has since scored six times in nine appearances for the Young Lions.

Keane is acutely aware of the interest in his young star, and recently said: "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."

The Player's agent, Paul Goddard, spoke ahead of the January transfer window about interest in Wickham, and it's widely regarded that he has a bright future in the game. "There is no doubt he is destined to be something very, very big in the game."

Spurs are leading the race to land the 17-year-old, and could move quickly if the Portman Road club can get the young striker back in Suffolk for the next campaign.

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