Connor Wickham warning for Liverpool as Roy Keane demands big money for 'new Wayne Rooney'

08 December 2010 01:10
Ipswich boss Roy Keane has warned Liverpool they will have to offer big money for Connor Wickham after comparing the teenager to Wayne Rooney.

Wickham, 17, is the Tractor Boys' youngest-ever player and a target for the Reds, who are ready to swoop in January, as well as Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

The £10million-rated star's goals helped England to win the European Under 17 Championship last summer and he recently stepped up for his Under 21 debut.

Big bucks: Wickham (right) will not be allowed to leave Ipswich on the cheap

A series of injuries have blighted his progress this season and he is still waiting to score his first goal of the campaign.

Keane said: 'There aren't many Connor Wickhams around. You've got to be careful not to get blas?bout 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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