Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has hinted at interest in Ipswich youngster Connor Wickham, but isn’t so keen on the price of the starlet.
"I don't see us paying the sort of money that Ipswich are talking about,” the Tottenham manager said.
The Daily Mirror reported that Ipswich boss Paul Jewell put a £15 million price on Wickham when interest from both Tottenham and Liverpool surfaced. This was reportedly brought on by comparisons of Wickham to Liverpool’s £35 million man Andy Carroll, as both the youngsters have demonstrated great talent and presence at a young age.
But while Liverpool had been linked to the wonderkid on many occasions, Tottenham looked to be the front runners in securing Wickham’s signature, particularly with it looking more likely that Tottenham will qualify for at least the Europa league, while Liverpool may not.
But in a new development in the tug of war between the two clubs, Redknapp has revealed he would rather wait for Wickham to mature more before bringing the 18 year old to the Barclays Premier League.
"He's not someone who'd be ready to play in the first team next season,” Redknapp said.
"He'd be better off staying for another year."
This revelation will no doubt open the gates for Liverpool to decide if their interest is big enough to make an offer. And there is no doubt that their bank account balance can match anything that Ipswich demand for the youngster.
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