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Wonderkid spurns Premier League trio

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English wonderkid Connor Wickham has rejected a move to the Premier League claiming he wants to see out his current contract with Ipswich Town.

After having scored his first professional hat-trick and been named the Football League Young Player of the Year this, Wickham naturally been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur had made no secret of their admiration of the forward, but Wickham is insistent he will see out his contract, which runs out in 2013.

“I am signed to Ipswich for the next few years, and I am concentrating on that," he said.

“I want to work hard for Ipswich and get them to the Premier League. Hopefully we can do that.

“This season is really going to plan.

“Last season ended on a high and the start of this season didn’t get off to a great start but it is nice to get back on track and achieve what I have this season.

 

“To play football for England, and to win the awards I am winning, shows I have the right people around me – I am taking all the advice on board and using it to my advantage.”

After making his professional debut in 2009, Wickham has become an intrinsic part of The Tractor Boys side, with a treble against Doncaster Rovers, which included brilliant solo effort, the highlight of his career to date.

Such has been his emergence that England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce called him into the squad for the friendly with Germany last November, and the double header against Denmark and Iceland this coming week.

In the January transfer window Tottenham made an audacious bid for his services with a bid rumoured to be around £5 million to bring the star to White Hart Lane.

Despite the teenager having signed a new deal until 2013, a clause in the contract could be triggered if a bid of £15 million is submitted for the forward, but given the 17-yea-old's talent the hey fee is unlikely to put Spurs off.

Liverpool are another club who are rumoured to be interested in the forward, as well as Arsenal, whose history of bringing through young talent is one of the stronger in the top flight in recent years.

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