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Jewell hopes to keep Wickham

Ipswich boss targets goal poacher for next season

Last Updated: 22/02/11 12:06pm

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Wickham: Premier League target

Wickham: Premier League target

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Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell is determined to keep Connor Wickham as the teenage striker continues to be linked with Premier League clubs.

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Wickham is one of the brightest prospects outside the top flight and Liverpool, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur have all recently been linked with bids for the 17-year-old.

However, after Wickham scored a hat-trick against Doncaster Rovers last week, Jewell outlined his hope that the England Under 21 international will stay at Portman Road.

"Every player has a price, you ask Manchester United - Ronaldo went. Every player has his price, but I don't want to sell Connor Wickham," said Jewell.

"To answer the question, I haven't had the opportunity to sell him because since I've been here, no one's enquired about him, certainly not that I know of anyway."

Striker target

Meanwhile, Jewell is hoping to complement the talents of Wickham next season by adding a proven goalscorer to the Ipswich squad.

He told the club's official website: "If you look at QPR, Forest, Cardiff, they have all got goalscorers in their team, that player that can get you 25 goals a season.

"I don't think this club has had a player like that for a while and they are not easy to find. They don't grow on trees.

"If you have got a guaranteed goalscorer in your team it certainly gives you half a chance, certainly in the Championship, and they can often prove to be the difference.

"It's very difficult to pick up a player like that during the season but that's certainly an area in which we would like to strengthen - along with a few others - for next year."

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