Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

CONNOR STILL ON THE RADAR; Connor Still on Radar

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

CONNOR STILL ON THE RADAR; Connor Still on Radar

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Byline: LEE RYDER

CONNOR WICKHAM is still believed to be on the radar of Newcastle United.

However, United will first pursue other targets in their search for a striker this summer with a pulsating chase for a new star expected at St James' Park in the coming months.

The Magpies unveiled their new kit today and fans are already intrigued to see just who will be wearing it come the opening day of next season despite three Premier League games still to be played this term.

Eighteen-year-old Wickham - who boss Alan Pardew is well aware of after signing him as a raw youngster while he was at Reading - only last month signed a new contract with Ipswich Town until 2014.

But the England under-21 international is still thought to be on Alan Pardew's extensive list of striking options.

The Chronicle also understands Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd's delicate situation with the play-offbound Championship outfit is also being monitored by the Magpies.

Pardew has already confirmed his priority will be to sign a new striker for United this summer, with the cracks beginning to emerge following a return of just one goal in the last four top-flight outings.

Wickham has been tracked by United and a host of other Premier League sides this season, and he was named in this summer's provisional England Under-21 squad that heads to Denmark.

Tractor Boys manager Paul Jewell said: "I''m not looking to sell Connor Wickham, and I don''t think he is looking to leave, but if someone came in with a silly offer and he wanted to go we would have to listen to it."

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have both been sniffing round Wickham. However, he would - without doubt - have a better chance of first-team action on Tyneside.

Wickham has netted eight times in 36 Championship matches this season but the teenager ticks all of the right boxes in United's blueprint. …

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