Liverpool 'considering' swoop for £15m English starlet

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Liverpool are ready to step up their pursuit of Connor Wickham by offering £15 million for the Ipswich Town forward, reports the Daily Star.

The 18-year-old has signed two new contracts this year alone to re-enforce his commitment to the Tractor Boys.

Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly leading the race to sign Wickham, but now, with Liverpool having bolstered their attack already this year as they swooped for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, it appears Kenny Dalglish is keen to add another member to his star studded attacking line-up.

Wickham, who has already progressed into the England under-21's, scored his eight goal of the season against Middlesborough on Tuesday, just weeks after netting his first professional hat-trick against Doncaster Rovers.


Such has been his impact on the first-team that Ipswich had Wickham extend his deal until 2013 in January, and then by a further year earlier this month after he was named the Football League's Young Player of the Year and the Champions Apprentice of the Year in March.

Damien Comolli, Liverpool's director of football, has been to watch Wickham on a number of occasions, and could be ready to tempt the forward to the Premier League.

The Anfield club haven't been frightened to splash the cash after spending close to £60 million on Suarez and Carroll, and if Liverpool's ambitions of closing the gap to the top five in the Barclays Premier League are genuine, a swoop for Wickham, who is available at a reported £15 million, would be expected.

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