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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Arsenal Pursuit of QPR's Raheem Sterling


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Mirror Football - Arsenal step up bid to sign QPR wonderkid dubbed 'the next Wayne Rooney' - 29/12/09 By Darren Lewis
- Arsene Wenger will step up his bid to sign 15-year-old wonderkid Raheem Sterling next month - to stave off interest from a host of other clubs.
- The Arsenal boss has had the lightning-quick QPR striker - rated as highly as the young Wayne Rooney - watched on several occasions, including Rangers' reserve game against Aldershot earlier this month, which finished in a 2-2 draw.
- Since that match Sterling, who turned 15 on December 8, has been promoted to training with the west London club's first team.
- Rangers had been ready to make him the youngest first-teamer in their history in order to ward off the Premier League big guns.
- But the change of management which has seen Jim Magilton replaced by Paul Hart, plus the bad weather, has seen his debut shelved.
- Sterling is still on course to beat the Football League record set by Reuben Noble-Lazarus, who made his Barnsley debut at the age of 15 years and 45 days last season.
- But Hart, under pressure to deliver a play-off place, may not necessarily have SterlingĂ­s future at the top of his agenda.
- Rangers are also well aware that even first-team football may not convince their rising star to stay once a firm offer from one of his many suitors comes in.
- Sterling has also been watched by the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City after he impressed at England Under-16 level as Kenny SwainĂ­s team clinched the Victory Shield.
- In total 12 different Premier League clubs watched Sterling on that occasion
- Although he is being tracked by the biggest clubs in the country Sterling is said to favour a move to the Emirates because of Wenger's record of success with young players.
- That said, Wenger is still set to move quickly to prevent Arsenal being drawn into a fight for the player's services. Mirror
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