Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has joined the scramble for Ipswich Town starlet Connor Wickham.

The People says Hodgson set to ask the Anfield money men to offer Ipswich £8.5 million.

Wickham - an England youth international who helped the Under-17s to the European Championship crown in May - has also been watched by Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Tottenham's Harry Redknapp.

Hodgson had him watched last season and spoke with his advisors about a move to Fulham. They told him they would hold out to see if one of the Premier League's top six came in ... and now Hodgson is in a position to offer him that move.

Redknapp has had one bid of 5 million pounds rejected by Ipswich, but he is ready to go in again at £8 million. Wenger, too, is ready to make a move.

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