The Daily Mail understands that Ipswich starlet Connor Wickham could be set for a move to Liverpool this summer, but Kenny Dalglish has been told to up his bid from £8 million to £10 million.
On Saturday reports were circulating that Dalglish had put in a £8 million bid to coax Wickham to Liverpool, but the bid was turned down. Ipswich had reportedly asked for £15 million as a starting price, and while Tottenham were in the mix as well as Liverpool for the 18-year-old, Spurs couldn’t come close to the asking price for Wickham’s services.
Wickham signed an extension to his contract with the npower Championship club in January, keeping him there until 2014. While there is a £15 million get out clause, Dalglish was hoping that a £8 million would snare the starlet.
Wickham has been compared to Newcastle star Alan Shearer, and has been referred to by some as the next Andy Carroll, after the youngster starred for his side this season.
Wickham can also boast scoring the winning goal against Spain in last year’s Under-17’s final, putting his worth through the roof to large clubs like Liverpool.
Wickham is the latest in a line of youngsters connected with Liverpool since Dalglish took over the reigns; Besides Andy Carroll’s £35 million move in January, Jordan Henderson has also been connected to Merseyside for £18 million, as Dalglish looks to put in a place a long term plan at Liverpool for a trophy winning squad.