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Academy director reveals Arsenal & Chelsea wanted Sterling
: Arsenal, Chelsea & Manchester City watched Raheem Sterling
Queens Park Rangers academy director Steve Gallen says Raheem Sterling was watched by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, before the young winger joined Liverpool.
Sterling joined Liverpool from QPR in 2010 for a fee of £600,000, and has been given his chance in the Reds' first-team this season following the arrival of Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
The 17-year-old joined Liverpool having garnered quite a reputation playing for QPR and, says Gallen, was watched a number of times by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.
But, when it came to making a formal approach for Sterling, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all reserved their interest - leaving a straight fight between Liverpool and Fulham.
"I fought like crazy to keep him and I was adamant he wasn't going," Gallen told the Mail on Sunday. "I was very close with him and his mum, who's a lovely lady. But towards the end of his time at QPR, everyone knew he was available.
"Manchester City and Chelsea had watched plenty of times and Arsenal, but in the end only Liverpool and Fulham came in for him."
Sterling has made eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season, and scored his first senior goal in the defeat of Reading at Anfield just over a week ago.
The teenager has impressed enough for Liverpool to earn a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad, before Sterling even made his debut for the under-21s.
Forward: I fell out of love with football at QPR
Oct 29 2012 By Jon Batham
FORMER QPR starlet Shabazz Baidoo admits he is finally feeling the love for football again at Wealdstone.
The 24-year-old summer arrival scored twice in a rare start for Gordon Bartlett’s men in the recent 3-2 Ryman League Cup win over Ramsgate.
It’s a far cry from his heady days in league football at QPR as a teenager.
Baidoo looked set for a promising league career at Loftus Road where he made his debut at 16 and prospered under the reign of Ian Holloway.
However, he admits his passion for all things ‘Super Hoops’ and football generally waned following the arrival of owner Flavio Briatore.
He was released in 2008, but with his appetite for football gone a subsequent spell at Dagenham & Redbridge failed to reignite his scoring touch.
And when further attempts to hit the goal trail at Croydon Athletic also hit the buffers when the club went bankrupt, the Hackney-born striker walked away from the game altogether in 2011.
However, having reinvented himself by establishing his own car showroom in Cuffley and entertaining dance floors throughout the capital as ‘MC Terminator’ he felt the pull to return to football.
He said: “I fell out of love with football at QPR.
“When the owners changed and there seemed to be a new manager every single week it made me think it was all getting a bit stupid.
“There seemed to be so many different people you had to impress and in the end nothing was established so I just concentrated on my life away from the game.
“Now I am comfortable with the rest of my life and don’t need football in that sense I can come back to it for the right reasons and enjoy it.”
Consequently, Baidoo came to The Vale pre-season at the suggestion of midfield stalwart and good friend Alex Dyer and the goals against Gate are the latest glimpse of the talent which first excited Holloway eight years ago.
He has not ruled out a return to big-time football, but sayshis happiness is not dependent on it.
“If league football comes along again we will see, but I just want to enjoy it,” he added.
“Wealdstone is a good place for that, a good environment, a well-run club and it is a chance to find stability somewhere.”
Baidoo’s prospects of first team action have strengthened with news that fellow striker Jacek Magdzinski has been released.
The Pole scored five times in a Capital League fixture last month, but it was felt he had not built on that performance and therefore Baidoo was a stronger option.
HOW QPR USE FACEBOOK
08:00 29th October 2012
An insight to how the R’s use Facebook ...
It’s a new season and a new style for us across our social media platforms.
Since the R’s broke back into the Barclays Premier League, worldwide interest has quickly gathered pace.
We recently told you how we use our official Twitter page this season, so we now want to take a moment and answer some questions about how we use our official Facebook page.
Before we do, we want to thank you for all your ‘likes’, ‘shares’ and ‘posts’ on our Facebook page!
We aim to reach as many Rangers fans around the world and build the biggest community of QPR supporters on Facebook and you are all helping us to do so.
Q: Will you have match updates on Facebook?
Yes. Due to the way our Facebook newsfeed links into our Twitter newsfeed, we provide minute-by-minute updates throughout every match this season - both home and away!
We will also announce official team line-ups an hour before kick-off via our Facebook page.
Q: How can I see more QPR posts?
We try not to bombard our followers with constant Facebook updates and we appreciate any feedback on how often we update the page.
The best way to see more of our Facebook posts is to engage, like and comment on the news stories you do see.
The more you interact with us, the more you see!
Q: I have seen an offensive post. Why is it on the QPR Facebook page?
We constantly monitor and manage our Facebook page and have a filtering system in place to delete any offensive posts.
Although some posts do appear and we rely on Facebook to ban and police such abusive content.
The best way to report these is to go through Facebook’s reporting page by CLICKING HERE.
Q: Why don't QPR ban the Facebook page trolls and fans of other clubs from our Facebook?
It is hard to establish whether or not when people join our page if they are genuine Rangers fans or support another club.
The best way to stop the trolling on our page is to report the post to Facebook.
Q: Many clubs comment on transfer speculation, why don’t QPR?
Our Facebook page is the place to go to get the facts first.
We will bring fans the latest news as soon as we have it.
Q: Why don’t you post every story that appears on the club website on Facebook?
We try to post as much of our content as we can on Facebook, making sure we post the most engaging and relevant news for fans.
Let us know what you would like more or less of and we’ll listen, simply email HERE.
Q: Apart from news stories, what else does Facebook offer?
A community which allows QPR fans to interact with each other and the club first-hand.
At the top of the Facebook page, we provide a number of interactive club apps, including Instagram, Ustream and AirAsia POTM.
Thanks for all your support so far and together we can build the biggest and most engaged community of R’s fans on Facebook.http://www.qpr.co.uk/news/article/291012....w=full#anchore
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