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We would love to have Connor Wickham back on loan – Paul Jewell

PUBLISHED: 22:07 03 May 2012

Could Connor Wickham wear the blue of Ipswich once again?

Could Connor Wickham wear the blue of Ipswich once again?

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PAUL Jewell has admitted Ipswich will be at the head of the queue should former Town teen sensation Connor Wickham be loaned out next season.

The Blues’ biggest-ever sale has endured a difficult first season in the Premier League scoring once and starting just five matches with Sunderland.

The 19-year-old’s failure to break into Martin O’Neill’s team has led to speculation that Wickham could be sent on loan next season as part of his development.

Speaking for the first time about the rumours, Jewell admitted Town would have first say on any loan deal as part of last summer’s multi-million pound transfer.

While Wickham’s wages, and the percentage Ipswich would have to pay, might prove a stumbling block, Jewell hoped there would be some room for manoeuvre.

He admitted: “If they are going to loan Connor, we will have first say.

“We will be head of the queue because that’s what the deal says, though I am not quite sure about the wages. I think that ‘first say’ is on very high wages which would rule out most Championship clubs.

“If Sunderland wanted Connor to get some football and the wages were right, we would definitely be interested.”

Jewell’s comments will be welcomed by Town fans who would love to see the teenager back at Portman Road – if only on a season-long loan.

Wickham burst onto the scene in April 2009, becoming Town’s youngest-ever debutant when he came on against Doncaster, aged 16 years and 11 days.

He eventually made 37 starts, and another 34 from the bench, scoring 15 goals, before being snapped up by Steve Bruce and Sunderland for £8.1 million rising to £13 million.

But he’s found the transition to Premier League football difficult, both under Bruce and then after O’Neill took over in December.

Wickham will be hoping to make more of an impact on Wearside in pre-season.

But with O’Neill looking to secure a big-money striker in the summer, the youngster might be tempted by a loan move and the lure of regular first-team football.

Like him or not, Marcus Evans has delivered this time, signing Emyr Huws on a multi-million pound, four-year deal.

Ipswich Town have completed the signing of Cardiff City midfielder Emyr Huws in a multi-million pound deal, the Welshman signing a four-year contract.

Ipswich Town fans have been sharing their delight at the signing of number one transfer target Emyr Huws on social media.

Ipswich Town have revealed three changes to their fixtures next season - including pushing back both East Anglian derby games with Norwich City by 24 hours.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is hoping imminent arrival Bersant Celina can make Ipswich Town fans forget about former loan star Tom Lawrence.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy will have to move players out before he can bring in too many more new faces to Portman Road.

Jordan Spence wants to be part of a successful future at Ipswich Town, with the Premier League the ultimate aim, but is refusing to look too far ahead.

New Ipswich Town striker Joe Garner says the attraction of working with Mick McCarthy was a big factor in his decision to join the Blues.

Ipswich Town fans are happy for Kieffer Moore to go out on loan, but would rather Josh Emmanuel stay and fight for his place at Portman Road.

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