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Manchester City to sign Leeds Sam Byram

Mancini lines up 8m bid for Leeds starlet Byram to be long-term Zabaleta successor

By
Charlie Skillen

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10:39 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:39 GMT, 10 March 2013

Manchester City are set to spend 8 million on poaching Leeds' teenage sensation Sam Byram.

Energetic right-back Byram has been one of the first names on Neil Warnock's team-sheet this season despite only making his debut in August.

Mancini is revamping his squad in the summer after finding his side off the pace in the Premier League and crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage.

Tough tackler: Sam Byram, in action for Leeds yesterday, is a target for Premier League champions City

Tough tackler: Sam Byram, in action for Leeds yesterday, is a target for Premier League champions City

Looking to the future: Mancini, pictured yesterday, sees Byram as the long-term successor to Pablo Zabaleta

Looking to the future: Mancini, pictured yesterday, sees Byram as the long-term successor to Pablo Zabaleta

The Italian boss was impressed with Byram’s display in City’s 4-1 FA Cup victory over Leeds last month, and has been keeping tabs on the teenager since.

Byram is being lined-up as the long-term successor to Pablo Zabaleta, while Mancini sees former England defender Micah Richards’ future as being in the centre of defence.

Essex-born Byram has signed two new deals at Elland Road this season alone, despite interest from City and other Premier League clubs.

Young gun: Right-back Byram, 19 (right), has been ever-present for Neil Warnock's (left) Leeds side this season

Young gun: Right-back Byram, 19 (right), has been ever-present for Neil Warnock's (left) Leeds side this season

West Bromwich Albion, Stoke and Wigan are also interested in the 19-year-old, but should Leeds sell their prize asset the Premier League champions would be favourites for his signature.

Byram’s form this season has seen him touted as one of the hottest prospects outside the top flight and he can also play as a right wing-back.

Wilfried Zaha transfer news: Tottenham make 10m move for Crystal Palace starlet

Spurs spark January transfer battle for Zaha with 10m move for Palace starlet

By
Bob Cass

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23:00 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:25 GMT, 6 January 2013

Tottenham will open negotiations this week for the 10million signing of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

In spite of intense competition for
the 20-yearold Ivory Coast-born England international, Spurs have leapt
ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea because they are ready to do the
deal in the January transfer window and will comply with Palace's
condition that the player is loaned back to them until the end of the
season.

Chase hots up: Spurs open talks with Crystal Palace for Wilfred Zaha

Chase hots up: Spurs open talks with Crystal Palace for Wilfred Zaha

But neither United nor Chelsea are ready to concede defeat.

'Spurs may think they've jumped the gun, but the deal is a long way from being completed,' said a source close to the situation.

'This could turn out to be the hottest transfer battle of the season and it could boil down to a question of which club does Zaha want to join.'

Heading north Zaha could be crossing the river

Heading north Zaha could be crossing the river

Zeki Fryers to sign for Tottenham

Tottenham seal signing of former Man United prodigy Fryers

By
Simon Jones

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22:32 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:48 GMT, 3 January 2013

Tottenham have completed the signing of former Manchester United starlet Zeki Fryers.

The 20-year-old left-back trained with Spurs in the summer after leaving Old Trafford.

A Spurs statement read: 'We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Standard Liege for the signing of Zeki Fryers.

On his way back: Zeki Fryers (left) returns to England from Belgium

On his way back: Zeki Fryers (left) returns to England from Belgium

'The young defender, capped by England
at Under-16, 17 and 19 level, began his career at Manchester United
before joining Standard Liege last summer. Zeki will link up with the
Club's Development Squad.

He was expected to join the White Hart Lane club but United could have commanded up to 6m compensation as he was under 23.

Belgian side Standard Liege signed him instead on a two year contract and he has gone on to make seven first team appearances.

However, Tottenham are expecting to sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in the summer and want cover for Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Liege would sell now and a deal could be done for around 3million.

Fryers was close to joining Tottenham last year but the move collapsed

Fryers was close to joining Tottenham last year but the move collapsed

Tottenham are also the latest club to show interest in Barcelona striker David Villa. The 31-year-old has been the subject of enquiries from Arsenal also but Barca will not loan him out and will only sell for around 16m.

Meanwhile, Fenerbahce have made a move for Tottenham midfield target Younes Belhanda at Montpellier.

Blackpool have not yet received any firm bids for starlet Thomas Ince

No bids yet from Liverpool or United as fight for Ince moves into January

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14:34 GMT, 15 December 2012

Blackpool are yet to receive any bids for Thomas Ince but are in talks with several clubs confirmed their manager, Michael Appleton.

The England U21 starlet has been in red-hot form for Blackpool this season, scoring 13 goals in the Championship as his side sit just four points outside the play-off places.

Ince, who was hit with a controversial one game ban for his part in the England U21 race storm against Serbia, has been heavily linked with re-joining former club Liverpool.

Speculation: Blackpool's Thomas Ince will likely join a Premier League club this January, with Liverpool and Manchester United leading the race for his signature

Speculation: Blackpool's Thomas Ince will likely join a Premier League club this January, with Liverpool and Manchester United leading the race for his signature

Blackpool's Thomas Ince

Liverpool let Ince leave just 18 months ago for 250,000 but have been rumoured to be preparing a 6million bid, with reports stating Blackpool are holding out for 7m.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers is planning to unveil a new strikeforce in January with Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge his other main target.

However, the Reds face stiff competition for Ince with Manchester United and at least one other club interested in his signing.

Michael Appleton has been pleased with how Ince has handled the speculation

Michael Appleton is pleased with the way Ince has handled speculation

'There have been no bids as far as I'm aware,' Appleton told Sky Sports.

'I think there have been conversations with a couple of clubs and the chairman, but nothing concrete.

'No-one has come in yet and set the marker in terms of price.'

Appleton has been pleased with the way Ince has handled the speculation.

'To be fair to Tom, he's put it all to one side,' added Appleton.

'He's just got on with his game and not let it affect him.

'He just has to keep on playing well for Blackpool.

'If he's got anything about him, he'll keep playing well and scoring for us.

'It's only fair for him and everyone else that he ignores the speculation.

'If the worst did happen in January, and we did lose Tom, then we have to make sure we have replacements ready.

'They will have to fill some very big shoes.'

The Midlander puts on his red suit and hands out Christmas presents to clubs

All I want for Christmas is… The Midlander goes down the chimneys of eight clubs to spread some Christmas cheer

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21:32 GMT, 13 December 2012

Just because it's the time of year and – quite frankly because I also really enjoy writing this type of piece – I'm handing out a few Christmas presents to our Midlands' teams.

It's meant to be light-hearted. It maybe a bit pointed, but if any offence is caused, I'm going to take the mickey out of myself too somewhere along the line….so what would we give to….

Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert

Gifts: Neil Moxley does his best Father Christmas impression and hands Villa manager Paul Lambert (left) a new creative midfielder and West Brom's Steve Clarke a dose of reality after a great start has become a blip

Carson Yeung (Birmingham City owner) I'm sure what Mr Yeung would value most this Yuletide is his liberty. Difficult to put a price on that, isn't it

What Birmingham City's supporters would value is clarity. It appears that the great sell-off continues to gather pace.

No-one is any the wiser as to how, why and when it will come to an end.

Until that situation is resolved, then Lee Clark is going to continue to have to make-do in the transfer market, I'm afraid, and frustrations will inevitably grow.

Funds: Nigel Clough (pictured) will be hoping that young starlet Will Hughes, who has attracted interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, brings much-needed funds

Funds: Nigel Clough (pictured) will be hoping that young starlet Will Hughes, who has attracted interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, brings much-needed funds

Nigel Clough (Derby County manager) After spending four seasons in charge of the Rams, the current manager's late father was mounting a First Division title tilt.

But then, Clough Snr operated in different times. I remain a fan of Clough Jnr – I think his squad is evolving – and the players he has signed have a desire to be successful.

It is a pity that won't be cut too much slack in the New Year. The word is that some funds will need to be generated.

I've not seen him yet – except on television – but if the rumours are right Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool are tracking Will Hughes, then he must be half-decent.

Therefore, I wish for Mr Clough a clean and healthy balance sheet that gives him an evens-chance of pushing Derby upwards.

Paul Lambert (Aston Villa manager) Having witnessed a car-crash of a performance in the first home fixture against Everton, I feared for Villa.

I fear no longer but I'd be happier still if they had a playmaker who could really make a difference in the final third of the field.

The Scot deserves credit for his policy. A few players have certainly done themselves no harm. I've always liked Ciaran Clark. Chris Herd is a battler and should have been given a chance to establish himself as a right-back under Alex McLeish.

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But the former Blues boss went out and bought Alan Hutton instead. Expensive mistake, that. Nathan Baker has been a revelation and, obviously, Christian Benteke has caught the eye.

I have to say I'm a huge Matthew Lowton fan. This boy goes about his business in a quiet, effective and understated fashion. Where Lambert is lacking is someone with a bit of guile to take games such as the one against Stoke City at the weekend and open up defences or fire one in from the edge of the box.

So, it's a number ten for Paul Lambert. And a Wembley appearance Another League Cup triumph Fingers crossed.

Nigel Pearson (Leicester City boss) The easiest present of the lot to source. No boardroom interference…please.

Leicester's boss can be a crotchety so-and-so on occasion but if the Foxes' hierarchy can leave him alone, I have a feeling he will end up delivering this season.

From what I've seen, Danny Drinkwater has come on leaps and bounds and by securing a defender of Wes Morgan's quality, Pearson was always going to reap rewards in the medium-term.

I've a sneaky feeling the Foxes will be adding – hurray – to our Midlands' contingent in the top-flight next season.

Steve Clarke (West Brom head coach) I'd just like a dash of reality to be sprinkled all over Clarke's Christmas pud.

While everyone outside of the club appears to be getting carried away by a storming start to the season, it was always likely that the Baggies would suffer a slight blip somewhere along the way.

It seems that blip is now. The overall quality of Clarke's squad will see them finish well clear of trouble, but all this nonsense about Europe needs to be nipped in the bud early on.

The time to talk about that is April. The only other point is that Youssouf Mulumbu's form so far this season has been sensational. I do hope his presence is not missed during the African Cup of Nations.

Clarke won't get carried away, he's too experienced for that. But it will be interesting to see how he handles this, given that he's now number one in his own right.

Dispute: Coventry City need an end to the dispute over their stadium, the Ricoh Arena

Dispute: Coventry City need an end to the dispute over their stadium, the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City – the whole club – the board of directors, manager Mark Robins and his players and the long-suffering support – need an end to the situation with the stadium which, quite frankly, must be resolved to the benefit of the club.

I understand why the holding company was formed and the reasons for it. But it is a nonsense that the decision-makers at the Sky Blues do not have access to matchday revenues.

I have no axe to grind with ACL whatsoever. But I fear that before the end of the year this could all end horribly. I don't think ACL will offer the kind of rent reduction the club is seeking.

I'm not sure they can. They have a mortgage to pay themselves. So, it could get worse before it gets better. It's just such a sad situation.

But it's one the football club has to address, or else it will continue to chase its' tail, I'm afraid.

I just wish the fans some good cheer on the pitch. I have a feeling Mark Robins is going to get the Sky Blues going again.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – I could be glib, here. I could say, a tin of paint-remover for boss Stale Solbakken following that incident with his beamer the other week.

But I'm not going to. I wish him all the best as, from my admittedly limited dealings with him, he has been absolutely honest and truthful when fronting up Wolves' recent failings.

I loved his comment about fearing the sack. ('I was dead, why should that bother me') I also believe owner Steve Morgan is one of the game's good guys.

Despite the flak he continues to receive chief executive Jez Moxey most certainly is one of the good guys. Under his stewardship Wolves have always tried to act in a proper manner.

They may come up short on occasion – as they did with Mick McCarthy's sacking. But there were phone calls made to the press afterwards to dissect why the club had such a hard time of it.

They wanted to learn from their mistakes. Believe me, if only a few more were like that. I wish top six for Solbakken – and Morgan and Moxey too for that matter.

A signing or two in the New Year to add fresh impetus would be nice, too.

Fresh faces: Wolves manager Stale Solbakken (pictured) could do with some new signings to help their bid for an instant return to the Premier League

Fresh faces: Wolves manager Stale Solbakken (pictured) could do with some new signings to help their bid for an instant return to the Premier League

Nottingham Forest – see Leicester City. Leave Sean O'Driscoll alone. Let him manage the club. It will come right.

The financial bonanza that accompanies promotion to the Premier League distorts the thinking at some clubs.

And the word is that the Kuwaitis are getting frustrated – as the Thai owners at Leicester did last season.

Forest have improved markedly from last season when I thought they were going down.

But O'Driscoll – and Steve Cotterill – moved them away to safety. Let's just see where we are in February and if the manager wants to strengthen then, it might be an idea to let him.

As for yours truly, I need three things.

The first is a treadmill. After asking Mr Solbakken whether he was fit to do the job at Molineux following his heart scare, (and with the hindsight of what happened to Gerard Houllier, I thought it was a relevant topic) he challenged me to a race around the Molineux pitch. Ten times. Clearly I need to get fit.

Secondly, I'd like a pair of sunglasses. That way I could have hidden when, during an exchange involving Steve Clarke and a colleague who asked what Roy Hodgson had said after the Scot confirmed that the England coach had been in touch, I dropped myself in it.

I piped up: 'He just asked how his team was getting on.' I got a few laughs from the floor and none from Mr Clarke. I apologised and he was gracious. But that stare…

Lastly, I need a good book. My Albion-loving pal Chris Lepkowski has chartered West Brom's rise during the past decade in his tome: 'In pastures green.'

No-one has been closer to the events at the Hawthorns during the past ten years than Chris. And he's a good writer. So I'll settle for an afternoon reading that.

Until next week…

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll looks on

 Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

Interference: Both Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll (left) and Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson would benefit from a lack of interference by members of their respective boards

Arsenal confident of signing Wilfried Zaha

Arsenal confident of luring Palace starlet Zaha ahead of 9m January bid

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07:15 GMT, 7 December 2012

Arsenal are growing increasingly confident they have won the race to land Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha.

The 20-year-old England international is a prime target for Arsene Wenger and the club will make a starting 9million offer next month.

Wanted: Wilfried Zaha (centre) has attracted the interest of several top clubs

Wanted: Wilfried Zaha (centre) has attracted the interest of several top clubs

And the Gunners believe they are in pole position to land the Ivory Coast-born forward.

Zaha – who is an Arsenal fan – is understood to have made the Emirates Stadium his first-choice.

In the market: Arsene Wenger is desperate to strengthen his ailing squad

In the market: Arsene Wenger is desperate to strengthen his ailing squad

Arsenal are still to conclude a deal with Palace, but the club will open formal discussions soon.

Zaha is also a target for Manchester United, Manchester City and Newcastle.

John Bostock behind the scenes of the photoshoot with Sportsmail"s Graham Chadwick

Graham Chadwick's video blog from Sportsmail's interview with John Bostock

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09:07 GMT, 7 December 2012

JOHN BOSTOCK INTERVIEW

Chased by the world at 15, former Spurs starlet Bostock is now on loan at Swindon but insists… I can still reach for the stars

This week Sportsmail sat down with John Bostock, once the world's most sought-after teenage footballer, and photographer Graham Chadwick went along to capture the 20-year-old as he is now.

The midfielder is currently rebuilding his career at Swindon, on loan from Tottenham, and in our exclusive interview talks of his hunger and desire to put a tricky few years behind him.

Our snapper was there then Bostock was breaking through, capturing him at his school and in his home. Now, four years on we're back and Graham has captured the behind the scenes footage of the shoot.

VIDEO: Insiders view. See how Graham captures Bostock's powerful portrait…

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Goal of the year – FIFA Puskas award 2012 – Radamel Falcao, Neymar and Miroslav Stoch

Who scored the goal of the year Vote for Falcao, Neymar or Stoch for the FIFA Puskas award 2012

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UPDATED:

20:05 GMT, 30 November 2012

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which of these goals is the finest of them all

Arguably the best striker in the world, Radamel Falcao, dynamic starlet Neymar and the player best known for failing to break through at Chelsea, Miroslav Stoch, are the three players who could win the 2012 FIFA Puskas award.

The contenders: Neymar, Radamel Falcao and Miroslav Stoch

The contenders: Neymar, Radamel Falcao and Miroslav Stoch

But although the Slovakian Stoch, who plays for
Turkish side Fenebahce, is not as highly-rated as the
other two, his goal certainly deserves its place in the reckoning.

Stoch kept his cool and his balance to superbly volley into the top corner from the edge of the box against Genclerbirligi in a Turkish Super Lig match.

Miroslav Stoch

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ridiculous overhead kick against England missed the cut-off date but that sort of athleticism is on display in Falcao's effort against America de Cali.

Again reacting first to a corner, Atletico Madrid's Colombian hitman Falcao flung his body into the air and sent a vicious strike past the bewildered goalkeeper.

Radamel Falcao

Neymar's goal is a different type to the other two, its brilliance coming in the form of a hip twisting, dizzying dribble.

Showing poise, grace and fearlessness the Santos star weaved his way in and out of Internacional players before tucking the ball neatly home.

The skill involved in his solo effort is no surprise – the Brazilian won the 2011 Puskas award for a wonderful goal against Flamengo.

Neymar

Neymar's 2011 Puskas Award winning goal

Of course, as good as these goals are, every football fan will have a different suggestion as to which they think the best is.

Newcastle fans, for example, could be forgiven suggesting Papiss Cisse's extraordinary goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while Lionel Messi's sumptuous strike against Brazil made the shortlist but not the final cut.

Lionel Messi

The FIFA prize will be awarded on January 7, at the same ceremony the Ballon d'Or winner is announced. It is named after legendary Hungary striker Ferenc Puskas.

Sepp Blatter said at the award's inauguration: 'It is important to preserve the memory of those footballing greats who have left their mark on our history.

'Ferenc Puskas was not only a player with immense talent who won many honours, but also a remarkable man.

'FIFA is therefore delighted to pay tribute to him by dedicating this award to his memory.'

Cristiano Ronaldo won the first edition, in 2009, with Hamit Altintop and Neymar following him.

You can vote for which you think is the best here: http://www.fifa.com/ballondor/puskasaward/index.html

Why not tell us your favourite goal of the year in the comments section below

Suso "gay" jibe at Liverpool team-mate Jose Enrique

Suso falls foul of Twitter after 'gay' jibe at Liverpool team-mate Enrique

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01:26 GMT, 30 November 2012

Liverpool starlet Suso could be in hot water after becoming the latest Premier League star to fall foul of Twitter.

The
19-year-old Spaniard sparked controversy with his reply to team-mate
Jose Enrique posting a bizarre picture of him getting his teeth
whitened.

Liverpool's Suso tweet

Gaffe: Liverpool's Suso reply to Jose Enrique

Suso tweeted: 'What f*** is he doing This guy is gay… he does everything except play football.'

The Reds midfielder quickly realised he had made a poor error of judgement and deleted the tweet.

He also issued an apology.

Suso's gaffe follows Jen Chang leaving his post as media chief following the Twitter storm with spoof blogger 'Duncan Jenkins'.

Team mates: Suso (left) and Jose Enrique (right)

Team mates: Suso (left) and Jose Enrique (right)

Liverpool were forced to apologise to Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for the 'inappropriate actions' of Chang, after they met in a Manchester restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket

Twitter storm with spoof blogger 'Duncan Jenkins'.

The
club were forced to apologise to Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for
the 'inappropriate actions' of Chang, after they met in a Manchester
restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket

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Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling deletes Tweet over new contract talks

Liverpool starlet Sterling deletes Tweet over new contract talks

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00:17 GMT, 11 November 2012

England's newest call-up, 17-year-old
Raheem Sterling, added to the uncertainty over his Liverpool future by
withdrawing a tweet that was meant to reassure Anfield fans.

Sterling, who will become the
country’s third youngest international in 100 years if he makes his
debut against Sweden on Wednesday night, sent out mixed messages on
Twitter by claiming he was going to sign a new deal on his 18th birthday
next month — then removing the message.

High demands: Raheem Sterling wants parity with the Liverpool's first-team

High demands: Raheem Sterling wants parity with the Liverpool's first-team

It followed claims that his advisers were asking Liverpool for 50,000 a week, bringing him in line with England internationals Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, both being kept out of the first-team by Sterling.

It came on the day when manager Brendan Rodgers was left wondering whether the forthcoming closure of an investment company owned by Liverpool’s main shareholder John W Henry will impact on transfer activity in January.

Sterling has been a rare bright spot in a disappointing start to Liverpool’s season. Stuck in the bottom half of the Premier League, they have an awkward game at Chelsea.

Picked up from QPR at 15, Sterling’s current 2,000-a-week contract has 18 months to run. Liverpool, who divide their salary groups into four tiers headed by stars like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, are offering a tier three salary of about 20,000 a week, but Sterling is believed to want a tier two wage as he is now a regular.

Yesterday, he tweeted that his reported demands were wide of the mark, saying: ‘I’ve just woken up to this rubbish. I can assure you I’ve not asked for that stupid amount, where [sic] waiting till I’m 18 to sign.’ But the message was quickly removed.

Rodgers revealed that talks with Sterling had been ongoing for months but there may be progress once he turns 18 on December 8.

‘There will be something but there’s no need to rush it,’ said Rodgers. ‘He has become a very talented young man in the space of four months, so he and his representatives and family know our thoughts on him and we just want to make sure his concentration is on his football.’

Flying start: The 17-year-old has exploded onto the scene this season, though his youthful inexperience has been noticeable at times

Flying start: The 17-year-old has exploded onto the scene this season, though his youthful inexperience has been noticeable at times

Flying start: The 17-year-old has exploded onto the scene this season, though his youthful inexperience has been noticeable at times

If Jamaica-born Sterling turns down an
offer to stay there will be no shortage of suitors with Chelsea, Arsenal
and Manchester City leading the way. He was picked for a senior England
squad for the first time by Roy Hodgson last week and will become only
the third 17-year-old to be capped since 1863, following Wayne Rooney
and Theo Walcott.

Hodgson said: ‘I saw him when he played in Borussia Moenchengladbach in
2010 when I’d only been at Liverpool for three weeks. He came on for the
last 15 minutes in front of 55,000 people and almost won it for us. So,
I had an idea two years ago that this lad might be a bit of a player. I
thought it was a no-brainer that Raheem Sterling would be in the team.’

Meanwhile, the owner’s trading company, John W Henry & Co, will
close next month having seen assets drop from $2.5billion in 2007 to
less than $100m.