Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told talkSPORT that he tried to sign winger Raheem Sterling for Tottenham Hotspur.
The youngster eventually moved to Liverpool in 2010, and the Englishman believes that he made the right decision.
“Everyone knew about Raheem when he was at Queens Park Rangers and people made efforts to try and get him,” Sherwood told talkSPORT. "Liverpool were the fortunate ones.
“I am not sure Tottenham wanted to send the money that was asked at the time, but I think he has possibly made the correct decision there because he has gone to a club with a manager who wants to give him an opportunity to play.”
According to a Daily Mail report in February 2010, Liverpool had to pay an initial fee of £500,000 for the services of Sterling.
TalkSPORT claims that the fee could now reach £5 million, but considering the talent and quality of the 20-year-old England international, it was a bargain deal for the Merseyside outfit.
Perhaps the Tottenham bosses felt that paying £500,000 for someone who was not going to break into the first team for at least three years was not worth it.
While one can understand their scepticism, given the amount of money Spurs have splashed out on players since then, one has to ask questions of their long-term strategy.
Given Sterling’s rise in reputation over the past two years, he is unlikely to join Tottenham anytime soon.
Tottenham’s loss was Liverpool’s gain.