Raheem Sterling’s Liverpool future is in doubt, as Tottenham Hotspur look to bring the teenage talent back to the capital, according to reports.
The 17-year-old made a £500,000 move from QPR to the Reds two years ago, and that figure could potentially rise to around £6 million depending on appearances for club and country in the future, as well as a sell-on percentage.
However, talkSPORT claims that Spurs are ready to table a £1 million plus add-ons bid for the young winger, who remains out of the first team picture at Anfield despite a string of impressive performances for the youth and reserve teams on Merseyside.
A source close to the radio station went as far as to say that Sterling ‘is a long way off’ the senior side after featuring in last night’s 6-0 NextGen Series semi-final defeat to Ajax for the Liverpool U19s.
It’s all a far cry from last February, when Sterling was on the cusp of becoming the club’s youngest ever player after being named in the Europa League squad to face Sparta Prague. He didn’t feature, and another chance has failed to materialise under manager Kenny Dalglish.
And, with reports that the player’s family are unsettled in their new home up north, Harry Redknapp could pounce to bring the player to White Hart Lane this summer.
Sterling was a stand-out performer when playing against Spurs U19s in the NextGen Series quarter-final last month, a match that Redknapp watched from the stands in North London.
Tottenham Hotspur had tried to sign the player in February 2010, but lost out to Rafa Benitez’s then Reds, who made the better offer when luring the player away from Loftus Road.
Seen as one of the jewels in the academy crown at Liverpool, Sterling’s exit would likely be met with a negative response from fans, who are hoping to see a resurgence in the club’s academy bringing players into the first team.
But, if the player isn’t happy, then Dalglish may struggle to keep the player, with Spurs keeping a very close eye on developments.