Liverpool land English wonderkid ahead of Arsenal and United

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Liverpool have won the race to sign English wonderkid Raheem Sterling.

The QPR youngster has been the subject of much transfer speculation for over a month, and Liverpool have beaten off strong competition from a number of clubs to sign the 15-year-old.

Manchester United were thought to be leading the race to sign Sterling as recently as last week, when Brian McLair was a guest at Loftus Road to watch the English schoolboy play for the U18 side.

Arsenal academy director Liam Brady has been monitoring Sterling for months, and had previously met with the player to discuss a possible switch to the Emirates. Fulham have also previously shown interest and were rumoured to be considering a £1.5 move plus add-ons.

It's the Reds who have secured the services of Sterling though, with the club confirming the signing earlier today (Saturday).

Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow told the official club site: "Raheem is a very exciting young English player whose progress was being closely monitored by many other leading clubs and I'm delighted he's joining us.

"Frank McParland and his staff have done a great job in bringing him to Liverpool."

Sterling was tipped to be the youngest player to play in the Football League, but he didn't get a first team chance with the Hoops and is yet to make his senior football debut.

Few Liverpool fans will care mind you, with the teenager joining a talented crop of youngsters at the Anfield Academy.

"The success of our Academy is vital to the future progress of the club and we have made clear that we will invest in outstanding young talent," Purslow continued.

Despite difficulties on the pitch in the earlier stages of the season, the Reds appear well set for a fourth place challenge and are into the last 16 of the Europa League.

Add David Amoo, Daniel Pacheco, Lauri Dalla Valle and now Raheem Sterling into the future mix, and suddenly everything looks brighter at Anfield.

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