Gunners in scrap for England youth star

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Arsenal are preparing to take on north London rivals Spurs in a transfer war for youngster Connor Wickham.

The striker starlet impressed on the European stage for England U17s in May, with his goals confirming Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's thoughts that the youngster is a massive talent.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is thought to have had a £5 million bid rejected, and now the Daily Mail reports that either north London club will need to pay in the region of £8 million for the teenager.

Wickham left the youth setup at Reading in 2006 to join the Tractor Boys, spending three years in their junior and reserve sides before getting an opportunity at senior level.

Handed his debut in April 2009, the young striker has scored six times in 31 appearances under Roy Keane.

As a junior international, Wickham has an exemplary record for the Young Lions, with nine goals in 13 appearances for the U17 side. A brace against France in the European Championships followed by the winner against Spain in the U17 tournament helped increase his stock.

Ipswich's financial problems are well documented, but the East Anglia side are keen to get a decent return for their prized asset. Both Wenger and Redknapp must be willing to pay for the youngster, although the large figure could scare off the two Premier League giants.

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