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Strike sensation wants £10 million Arsenal move - big blow for Liverpool

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Teenage sensation Connor Wickham would reportedly rather join Arsenal than Liverpool.

Only this morning the Daily Mail had suggested that Liverpool were preparing a £10 million bid for the 17-year-old Ipswich striker but now, according to an exclusive report from Goal.com, Wickham has his sights set on a move to Arsenal.

Despite claims that Wickham is a Liverpool fan - citing Anfield hero Fernando Torres as his idol - it is understood the England under 21 international does not believe a switch to the Reds would represent the best for his future.

Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli is thought to have been monitoring Wickham's progress with Ipswich but, according to Goal.com, he faces an impossible task in convincing the teenager that a move to Anfield is his best option.

The news will come as a blow to Liverpool owners NESV who have pledged to bring exciting young talent to Anfield - especially as it appears they will lose out on Wickham to one of their rivals.

Wickham is thought to favour a move to Arsenal due to the north London club's nigh on impeccable record of developing young talent into global stars.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is renowned for his ability to persuade the cream of teenage talent to join the Gunners - with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott testament to Wenger's philosophy when it comes to young players.

A deal for Wickham would represent a significant coup for Arsenal as Wenger aims to leave a lasting legacy at the Emirates Stadium for when he eventually departs the Gunners.

However, Arsenal have yet to formalise their interest in Wickham and - as well as Liverpool - they will reportedly have to battle with bitter rivals Tottenham for his signature.

According to Goal.com, the forward would still favour a move to Spurs over Liverpool after being impressed by the progress of the likes of Gareth Bale, Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon at White Hart Lane.

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