Tim Sherwood reveals Spurs missed chance to sign £50m Prem star

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has revealed that Spurs missed the chance to sign Liverpool star Raheem Sterling five years ago while he was working for the Tottenham academy.

The Reds winger has quickly established himself as one of the Premier League‘s most dangerous players and Liverpool have slapped a £50 million price tag on his head to try and prevent a move away from the club this summer as contract discussions have not proved successful as of yet.

Speaking ahead of Villa’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool on Sunday, Sherwood claimed he tried to bring Sterling to Spurs when he was just 14.

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“I’ve known about him since he was a young boy and thought he was the type of talent which doesn’t fall off the trees very often,” he is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

“I remember him playing for Brent District and he was a street footballer. They are a dying breed now because society does not allow these kids to go out and play. He’s a great talent and someone we have to watch and show a lot of respect to.”

The England international is in high demand as Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all been linked with a move for the young star, but Liverpool are desperate to retain his services.

If Sherwood is to be believed, Spurs could have had Sterling rising through their ranks alongside Harry Kane, and the English pair could have formed quite a partnership if they were in the same side.

Sterling has scored seven goals with eight assists in 30 Premier League appearances this season and continues to improve as a player with each game under Brendan Rodgers.

Should Tottenham have listened to Tim Sherwood and signed Raheem Sterling as a 14 year old?

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2 Comments on Tim Sherwood reveals Spurs missed chance to sign £50m Prem star

  1. garry rogers // April 18, 2015 at 8:29 AM // Reply

    The problem with Sterling is similar to that of Sherwood…….they are wasters. Sterling for all his talent is trouble and a waste of oxygen. Sherwood,for all his clever pronouncements to the press is not a man others will follow and will be found out. Both are septic and Tottenham are all the better for their absence.

  2. Zoran Zuze // April 18, 2015 at 1:19 PM // Reply

    Is there anything that Sherwood did that wasn’t good at Spurs? He clearly has a maniacal obsession with how he was mistreated by Spurs. Get over it dude. Its water under the bridge. Besides you beat Spurs last week didn’t you? Isn’t this proof enough of how great you are. How come you don’t spend as much time telling us how you didn’t rate Suarez when Redknapp sent you to scout him? There is no doubt you were a great youth team coach. However, you are not proven as a manager yet and given your penchant for being all too loose with what comes out of your mouth, I think any big club would be skeptical about giving you a managerial position full time.

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