Liverpool Considers €10m Bid For "Fernando Torres Fan" Connor Wickham

Kaustav BoseCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2010

If reports are to be believed, Liverpool FC are supposedly considering a bid for the "hottest property" in England, Ipswich Town starlet Connor Wickham.

The news comes in the face of statements made by Hodgson that Liverpool are "keeping their eyes and ears open" for any outstanding talent around. The fact that Liverpool are very keen to build a team around English players has also been very apparent lately. 

Even in the last phase under Rafa Benitez, Liverpool tried out for Barry and bagged Johnson. The priority for English player development was further underlined when Benitez claimed after the club signed the QPR wonder kid Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey that it is Liverpool's top priority to go for talented English players.

Now, with Roy Hodgson, Liverpool has an English manager in place himself, for whom preferring English talents is a normal thing.

However, in this state of financial constraint, Liverpool's manager Roy Hodgson knows it would be tough for him to lure the highly rated England starlet from Ipswich town, as Tottenham and Arsenal also seem very interested.

Connor has already scored four goals for Ipswich and their manager, the legendary Roy Keane, considers him a very special talent. Keane is once reported to have said that he would be "lynched" to let Wickham depart.

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Wickham, though, has been attracting Roy Hodgson for awhile now. He is supposed to have inquired about Wickham whilst at Fulham, too, only to be rebuffed by the Ipswich management, which reported back saying they'd prefer any interest from a top Premier League club as a priority.

Now, though at Liverpool Hodgson has the designation of being a top Premier League team manager, finances may be a major hurdle. Although, if Liverpool do bid the rumoured price, it should prize Wickham away to Anfield after Harry Redknapp's bid fell short of this asking price by Ipswich.

Wickham, on the other hand, has grabbed the attention for all the right reasons. Although still a 17-year-old, this 6'3" striker has already shown great signs of maturity in his abilities.

It can also be understood that if Fernando Torres stays on at the club, Connor would be highly tempted to join the Reds after already having declared Fernando Torres to be his hero and idol. 

Not very strangely though, just as another young sensation of English origin, he too has been tagged as the "Next Rooney" after his admirable predatory skills as a striker came to notice.

It must still be stated, though, that such a buy would be a gamble and one that could backfire, as Wickham is not that experienced. However, if Reds have the player, they'll move a great step ahead towards buying a highly promising teenager who would also aid in filling up the homegrown quota in a big way.