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Jewell: No Bids for Wickham
Jewell: No Bids for Wickham
Monday, 13th Jun 2011 15:00

Town are yet to receive bids for striker Connor Wickham or any other members of the squad, according to manager Paul Jewell. Liverpool were reported to have made an offer for Wickham variously claimed to be £8 million or £5.5 million, while Sunderland were also said to have made a move for the 18-year-old England U21 international.

Jewell said: “Everybody is talking about Connor Wickham but we have had no offers for any of our players, and that includes him.

“The good thing about it is that I don’t have to sell anybody, unless it’s an offer that we feel is right for whatever player and we want it to happen or a player doesn’t want to be here.

“There have been enquiries but no offers. Enquiries don’t mean a thing. I could ring Barcelona and enquire about Messi but it doesn’t mean I’ll get him.”

The Blues boss doesn’t expect too much to happen in the transfer market until the end of this month: “Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones have moved for big money but things will really start to hot up when we come back for pre-season [on June 29th in Town's case].

“I know how it works. A manager will think he’s got his squad together then something will happen injury-wise and he’ll start looking around to see what’s available.”

Jewell says the Blues want to keep Wickham but reiterated that every player has his price: “There is no point in getting uptight about it. We don’t want to sell Connor Wickham but if he wants to leave and the right offer comes in, we will have to consider it.

“Connor has never given me any indication that he wants to leave. Our backs are not against the wall, we are in control of the situation.

“At the end of the day football is like everything else. Money is tight, although I know you wouldn’t believe it, looking at some of the transfers at the moment.

“Ipswich Town have been in administration not too long ago. We want to be ambitious but we also have to be realistic. If there is money to spend I want to spend it wisely and how much money there is to spend might depend on who comes in and who goes out. Don’t discount anybody coming in or count anyone out.”

Elsewhere, Town are claimed to be one of a number of sides eyeing Colchester central defender Magnus Okuonghae. Reading are understood to be the frontrunners for the 25-year-old Nigerian’s signature - their skipper Matt Mills believed to be interesting Wolves - with the Blues and Charlton also said to be monitoring the situation.

Contracted to the U’s until 2012, former Rushden and Diamonds, Aldershot, St Albans City, Crawley Town, Dagenham and Redbridge and Weymouth (loan) man Okuonghae is likely to be best remembered by Town fans for scoring a superb own goal during Fabian Wilnis’s testimonial at Portman Road in July 2009.

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TractorCam added 15:04 - Jun 13
They'll flood in soon.
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OsborneOneNil added 15:04 - Jun 13
Okuonghae is likely to be best remembered by Town fans for scoring a superb own goal during Fabian Wilnis’s testimonial at Portman Road in July 2009.

Quality line to finish on Phil.
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Garv added 15:15 - Jun 13
Not Magnus! Own goal machine! He scored one a week prior to that game against aston villa as well, and generally is clumsy from what I've seen, and slow.
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IP3 added 15:19 - Jun 13
Id take £8mill for a unproven striker anyday!

That sum would easily get us another Striker and to creative midfielders!
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spanish_archer added 15:20 - Jun 13
We are in control....Like it PJ
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Sibelius8 added 15:32 - Jun 13
No Wickham Market then?
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bluelady added 15:33 - Jun 13
GSOH again, i could enquire about Messi, love it! he is probably cheeky enough to do just that too!
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keebs_itfc added 15:42 - Jun 13
just waiting for us to be linked with messi now.........twtd?
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Bluetone added 16:08 - Jun 13
"I could ring Barcelona and enquire about Messi "
Oh gone on Paul do it I dare you. Marcus will find the dosh
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Blue_Fred added 16:19 - Jun 13
So 1st we sell Jordan Rhodes, then we don't break the bank to sign Bullard and now the admission we haven't even enquired about Messi yet

CLEGG OUT

*flounces off; whinge over*
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ITFC4daprem added 16:37 - Jun 13
i doubt
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flashblue added 16:44 - Jun 13
So he's had enquiries but no offers. Just semantics. "Would you sell if we offered 5m?" "No."
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Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 16:53 - Jun 13
As stated previously elsewhere: PJ is the man!
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whiskey added 17:06 - Jun 13
We're signing Messi??!!!!
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dubblue added 17:22 - Jun 13
Wickham for Messi....of course!
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westleydan added 17:32 - Jun 13
He'd be mad to leave this young surely?!
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BLUEBEAT added 17:37 - Jun 13
who is this young Shirley? will it be in The Sun tomorrow?
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jas0999 added 17:51 - Jun 13
Sadly, I expect Liverpool and others to follow up with their enquiries.
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churchmans added 18:06 - Jun 13
IP3 you know that i would take anything over 6mill for wickham! the press and fans make out he is some sort of megastar!!! boy is still a boy he's ordinary with a bit of poptential sell for that or over if not keep him for a year or two and see if he can bang in 20+! be lucky to get 10!
how many leauge goals last campaign?
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dmotty17 added 18:52 - Jun 13
Sibelious8 thats a great pun gone unoticed!!
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dommyboyblue added 19:09 - Jun 13

I concur, great pun!!

I think he would be better off staying with us and trying to actually achieve something which is a rarity nowadays. Young players with 'great potential' just seem to have it all before they actually achieve something and few of them that move this young actually do. Learn your trade and become a better player by actually playing football surely is the common sense thing to do.

But on the flip side if the offer is ridiculous for an unproven player then at least we can invest in the squad, so cannot see a downside either way.
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itfcdan94 added 19:15 - Jun 13
good and i hope it says that way i want him here next season...........
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RegencyBlue added 19:45 - Jun 13
Might not have had any formal offers but bet there have been a few 'informal' ones!
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AndyStannard added 19:54 - Jun 13
Well if a £10m-£12m offer does come in except it please. He's not THAT good we'll be able to get a load of good players instead of a 18 year old thats pretty good but not as good as 5 quailty players all over the field.
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DiamondGezzer added 20:21 - Jun 13
Jas0999 :- Agree. Creating the shop window again.
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