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Sterling set to ink five-year Liverpool deal

ESPN staff
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Raheem Sterling has reached an agreement with Liverpool over a new five-year contract, according to widespread reports in the English press.

Sterling's future has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with the teenager requiring a full-time professional deal following his 18th birthday earlier this month.

Reports from the BBC indicate the new contract will see Sterling's wage jump from £2,000 per week on his old youth contract to around £30,000 per week.

The winger had attracted the interest of the Premier League's top clubs with his performances this season. Sterling earned his first international cap for England in the 4-2 defeat to Sweden, while starting in all but one of Liverpool's 17 league matches under Brendan Rodgers this campaign.

Sterling is expected to finalise the deal prior to Liverpool's Premier League clash against Fulham this Saturday, keeping him at Anfield until 2017.

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