Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is chasing Ipswich Town striker Connor Wickham. The Daily Mail says Liverpool's new owners are ready to back Hodgson in the race for £10million wonderkid Wickham.

While Arsenal, Chelsea and, most recently, Tottenham have had approaches rejected, the injury crisis at Portman Road and struggles of Roy Keane's Championship side have caused a rethink, especially with Liverpool prepared to match their valuation for the 17-year-old striker.

Tottenham were willing to offer £8.5m based on appearances but Liverpool are ready to be more decisive. Under new owners John Henry and Tom Werner they are seeking to recruit the best young English talent.

They will pay Ipswich's price and are confident that Wickham, a Liverpool fan who cites Fernando Torres as his favourite player, wants to join.

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