Clegg speaks out about Wickham deal

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell will have more money to spend, not just this summer, but in future transfer windows as well, following yesterday’s club record sale of Connor Wickham to Sunderland.

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell will have more money to spend, not just this summer, but in future transfer windows as well, following yesterday’s club record sale of Connor Wickham to Sunderland.

Town Chief Executive Simon Clegg yesterday confirmed that Jewell WILL have access to additional funds, in the wake of Wickham’s switch to the Black Cats.

The previous club record transfer received – �6m for Kieron Dyer to Newcastle and also �6m for Richard Wright to Arsenal – has been well and truly smashed by the initial down payment of �8.1m received for Wickham, which could rise to over �12m with the various add-on clauses.

“The important thing is that money is in the bank, to be made available over the forthcoming windows, to make sure we can see progression towards achieving the goal of Premiership status,” insisted Clegg.


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“It’s not all about what happens this summer, or all about what happens this season.

“That money will drip feed over the next couple of years.

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“A lot of that will be triggered by various clauses in the contract. The bottom line is, Paul (Jewell) will have additional resources, but as he made clear recently, he had money to spend whether Connor was here or not.

“But when offers on the table all of a sudden exceed what you believe the player is worth, at this particular moment in time, then you have to act.

“You also have to take into account what you could do with the additional money.

“There are always ifs and buts in football, but what this deal has done is given us a considerable sum of money to invest in the football club, and look to see how and where we can reinforce the club.

“No team is built around any one individual. The huge income that this sale has generated for this club will allow us to enhance the playing squad going forward,” added Clegg.

The Wickham deal could end up being a record for a Championship player, potentially eclipsing Theo Walcott’s switch from Southampton to Arsenal in 2006, which was initially �5m but could also approach �12m. That ignores Darren Bent’s �16.5m move from Charlton to Tottenham in 2007, because Bent had already played in the top flight with the Addicks.

“Negotiations had been going on for some time, and we had serious interest from Sunderland for the last week or 10 days,” continued Clegg.

“The result is that we have a cracking deal for Ipswich Town. I’m very pleased with it. And it’s a good move for Connor as well.

“In fact, it’s an historic day for the football club. There is also a sell-on clause on top of it as well, so it could be well in excess of �12m.”

Town boss Jewell explained: “When Sunderland’s offer was accepted, we gave Connor permission to speak to them and left it up to the player.

“I would have been delighted to have seen him turn up for (pre-season) training on Friday, but Connor is understandably keen to play in the Premier League and we wish him well.”

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