Arsenal trail United in race for 15-year-old wonderkid

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Manchester United are reportedly the new favourites to land QPR sensation Raheem Sterling.

Arsenal were originally thought to be closing in on the 15-year-old during the January transfer window, but now Manchester United have taken charge in the battle to land the young attacking midfielder, who can also play as a forward.

Brian McClair, the youth chief at Old Trafford, was a guest at the latest QPR U18 game as the teenager calves out a name for himself at the west London club.

Sterling recently scored a brace for the junior side against Barnet, and continues to impress despite not making his first team debut at Loftus Road. Sterling was expected to be the youngest Football League player to ever play at the senior level, but he failed to get an opportunity and would no longer break that record.

Gunners academy director Liam Brady had previously met with the player in an attempt to sort a deal for the player, and Jay Simpson was even rumoured to be part of a possible deal for the playmaker.

A deal was never negotiated, and Premier League rivals Fulham were then linked with a possible £1.5 million move plus additional bonuses for senior and international appearances.

Sterling has already made an impact at junior level for England, impressing for the U16 side and in Victory Shield performances for the Young Lions.

United have taken note, and now the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail report that they are hoping to do a deal with the Hoops in the summer. Sir Alex Ferguson sits in pole position, but this transfer saga is sure to take more twists and turns before a deal is done for the teenager.

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