We were first to break the news QPR would claim a terrific £9 million windfall if Liverpool sold Raheem Sterling.
A £49 million fee has been agreed with Manchester City for a player, Rs were forced to sell in 2010 for just £500k although Rs and then chairman Gianni Paladini brokered a sell-on 20 per cent.
Just over a year ago GetWestLondon confirmed the arrangement as Paladini admitted he fought tooth and nail to keep Sterling at the time.
“The family wanted a move for Raheem,” Paladini said, “there was little we could do. We offered them a house, a car - but there minds were set on their boy moving to Liverpool.”
At the time, Paladini reckoned the Reds would never sell, but never say never is football’s lingua franca, and Rs move top of the sell-on tree, with of all people, current director of football Les Ferdinand seventh on the list when Hayes, Yeading had yet to be added, were handed £600,000 after the Rs legend moved from Loftus Road to Newcastle for £6m in 1995.
The full list is as follows:
David Bentley - Blackburn to Tottenham - £15m
Beneficiary: Arsenal - £7m
Adam Lallana - Southampton to Liverpool - £23m
Beneficiary: Bournemouth - £5.75m
Cesc Fabregas - Barcelona to Chelsea - £30m
Beneficiary: Arsenal - £5.6m
Nathaniel Clyne - Southampton to Liverpool - £12.5m
Beneficiary: Crystal Palace - £2.5m
Ashley Young - Aston Villa to Manchester United - £17.5m
Beneficiary: Watford - £2.5m
James McCarthy - Wigan to Everton - £13m
Beneficiary: Hamilton Academicals - £1.95m
Les Ferdinand - QPR to Newcastle - £6m
Beneficiary: Hayes - £600,000
Gareth Bale - Tottenham to Real Madrid for £86m was the one that got away.
Southampton negotiated a 25 per cent sell-on clause when they sold to Spurs in 2007.
But Saints waived the sell-on clause for a fee of £3m in 2008 when they were up against it financially 12 months later.
They were left to wring their hands when the Wales wizard joined Real in a deal that would have seen Southampton net in the region of £20m under the original agreement.