Wonderkid News… Liverpool want ‘new Rooney’

By on December 31, 2010 - 17 views

Ipswich boss Roy Keane has told Liverpool that it will take a big money deal to sign youngster Connor Wickham after comparing the teenager to Wayne Rooney.

Wickham, 17, is thought to be in the sights of Roy Hodgson who is ready to swoop in January, as well as Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

The £10m-rated star’s goals helped England to win the European Under 17 Championship last summer and he recently made his debut at Under 21 level.

Keane said: “There aren’t many Connor Wickhams around. You’ve got to be careful not to get blasé about Connor and say ‘we’ll take £7m or £8m for him’.”

“I have a certain figure in my head that we’d have to consider. I think Connor and his agent would have that as well… The big teams wouldn’t be buying him for what he’s doing now. They’re going to buy him for what he can do in four or five years time – his potential… Whether that’s Tottenham or Liverpool or whoever, but United had to buy Rooney for £28m when he was 18… Can Connor be as good as him? I think he has the potential, but that’s up to the club. I don’t think the club has had any concrete offers yet.”

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