After reports yesterday that Sunderland had made an £8m bid for Connor Wickham, it has now emerged that the Ipswich youngster may snub the Black Cats as he holds out for a move to a bigger club.
Wickham – who made a name for himself during an England under-17 tournament in 2009 – is extremely highly-rated and there have been reports of interest from Arsenal and Liverpool for his signature.
With this in mind, Wickham could put the Sunderland deal on hold as he holds out for a move to one of these two clubs.
Ipswich might be keen to play a waiting game too. Of course they would rather not sell one of their star strikers, but if they do, they want to get as much money as possible.
The Tractor Boys value Wickham at £10m so the Sunderland bid falls short of what they are expecting.
Liverpool and Arsenal are more likely to match their valuation, so there is plenty to happen with regards to this deal yet.
Given the choice, it is believed that Wickham would move to Liverpool. They are the team he supported growing up and it is a dream of his to play at Anfield.
A move to Arsenal wouldn’t be the worst thing either. They have a good record of working with youngsters and if Wickham is to reach is potential, there is arguably no one better to guide him than Arsene Wenger.
Sunderland are the only club with a bid on the table, so they are in the driving seat at the moment.
However, Liverpool and Arsenal could join them with a firm offer before long. Kenny Dalglish in particular seems keen to at least match Sunderland’s bid before the weekend.
As ever, for the latest on this deal, stay right here to see where Ipswich hotshot Connor Wickham ends up.