Tottenham are reportedly set to win the battle for Liverpool and Arsenal target Connor Wickham.
The 17-year-old striker continues to alert the leading lights of the Barclays Premier League with increasingly eye-catching performances for Ipswich; scoring a hat-trick in his most recent appearance for the Tractor Boys.
Now, according to the Mirror, Spurs are likely to seal a deal for the teenager in the summer - fighting off interest from Liverpool and Arsenal - both of whom are known to be keeping tabs on Wickham.
Ipswich owner Marcus Evans reportedly maintains close contacts at White Hart Lane and is willing to sell Wickham to Spurs when the transfer window reopens - if his demands are met - and a valuation of £15 million has been touted by the Mirror.
Spurs appear to be confident that they can land the England under 21 international and a White Hart Lane source claims a deal will soon be completed.
The club insider told the Mirror: “We feel we already have one hand on Connor.”
However, Liverpool and Arsenal are unlikely to give up on Wickham, who is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in English football.
It was initially reported by the Daily Mail that Liverpool were frontrunners for the young forward and that a January offer of around £10 million was in the pipeline.
It now appears that Liverpool will hold off their interest until the closed season as they look to deliver their pledge to bring Europe's top young talents to Anfield.
According to Goal.com, however, Wickham would rather a move to Arsenal should the opportunity present itself – which is likely to see Liverpool drop behind the two north London clubs in pursuit of the starlet.
Despite claims that Wickham is a Liverpool fan - citing former Anfield hero Fernando Torres as his idol - it is understood he does not believe a switch to the Reds would necessarily 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 he reportedly faces the almost impossible task of convincing the forward that a move to Anfield is his best option.
The Ipswich ace is reported to favour a move to Arsenal as he admires their track record of nurturing young talent and developing them into world class performers.
Arsene Wenger is renowned for his philosophy of investing in players at a young age who can be moulded to fit with the Gunners' ethos - with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere shining examples of Arsenal academy graduates.
Goal.com continues to report that Wickham 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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