Macc Town dream of snapping up Sterling
NOT content with an audacious bid to host the World Cup, Macclesfield Town have now launched a new cheeky campaign to bolster their squad – by trying to sign Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling.
The Moss Rose club, who last season finished 15th in the conference, have ‘set a target’ of £50m to make a bid for the England and Liverpool player.
According to a tonguein-cheek post on the club’s Twitter account, the Silkmen would be hoping the playmaker would slot in their current first XI, next to Waide Fairhurst and Chris Holroyd.
Macclesfield shared on their Twitter feed a screenshot of a crowdfunder page showing £5 raised, and the caption “Nearly there! Just £49,999,995 to go! #raheemtomacc.”
They followed up with: “Blasted through the £100 barrier!”.
But shortly later they seemed to realise it could be an uphill struggle, tweeting: “Maybe we should have started our #RaheemToMacc campaign a few months ago?”.
However, the campaign won the support of some fans. Chadd Knupp tweeted: “You can do it lads! Sterling to macc! #raheemtomacc”.
Dan Chapman said “My hometown club is making me proud!”.
Paul Dickinson offered to help out the club’s kitman, saying: “I can pledge a pound and an old pair of Pumas for Sterling to play in (provided he’s a size 9)”.
Liverpool forward Sterling has been linked with a move to Manchester City, who are reportedly set to make a second bid of £40m to tempt him down the M62.
The Etihad Stadiumbased club accepted they face a battle to land their transfer targets this summer,.
But competition from the Silkmen may be unexpected by pretty much everybody.
It is the second time in a few weeks that the Silkmen have set tongues wagging following their hoax bid for the World Cup.
The ‘bid’ on the club’s website included promises of ‘free wifi at nearby Macclesfield library’, and proposed using the Weston Playing Fields, boasting that it had capacity to accommodate of 124 spectators and eight dogs.