Macc Town dream of snap­ping up Ster­ling

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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