Former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini has revealed how hard they tried to keep Raheem Sterling way from Liverpool.

Paladini insists he moved heaven and earth to keep the young winger.

"Rangers will get 20 per cent of the sell-on fee, not that QPR probably need it right now," he laughed with the Fulham Chronicle.

"The new owners have more money than ever existed in my time. Still, a £40 million sale nets then £8m - not bad, for a 15-year-old, eh? But I doubt Liverpool will ever sell him.

"He lived in Wembley, and we thought his family might like to move to a better house, and we put that on the table. But there were agents involved, and after all, Raheem was only 15; all he wanted to do was play football."

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