During their pre-season friendly on Saturday evening, Tottenham are said to have been impressed by Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, 17,and according to the Daily Mail, they are considering a £7.5 million bid for the youngster.
However, with QPR looking to loan the starlet for the season, it appears that the demand for the youngster is high.
Sterling previously played for QPR in the youth team, before moving to Liverpool two years ago. His sensational form in the FA Youth Cup, which saw him score 7 goals in two appearances for Liverpool.
With his talent being unquestionable, as demonstrated by his call ups to the senior team at only 17 years old, a £7.5 million price tag might raise a few eyebrows among the Spurs fans.
With the club only having one recognised striker, Jermain Defoe, and the start of the season being less than 3 weeks away, the frustration of the Tottenham fans is understandable.
But when looking at the senior Spurs squad, Danny Rose is the only player to have transferred from a different club at the age of 17, whilst Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore came through the youth system. But, Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale were all bought when they were young, at only 18 years old. Since then, they have established themseleves as key players for the club. Unfortunately for Huddlestone however, a serious injury has kept him out for majority of the season but is steadily improving his match fitness for the new Premier League campaign.
Despite this, Sterling would be the biggest transfer fee of the mentioned players above. Even though Bale would have cost Spurs £10 million over a long period of time depending on his league appearances, Southampton and Spurs agreed to an early pay off due to a poor financial period for the Saints, which saw a settlement of £7 million. With Lennon moving from Leeds for only £1 million, and Huddlestone moving from Derby County for £2.5 million, if Sterling is to leave for Spurs, it wouldn’t appear to be such a risk when looking at the success of these young purchases.
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