Friday 23 February 2018

Daniel Sturridge on the brink of agreeing a move away from Liverpool

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge Photo: PA
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge Photo: PA
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Daniel Sturridge is on the brink of agreeing a loan deal to West Bromwich Albion that could include a clause to make the deal permanent next summer.

Independent.ie have been informed that West Brom manager Alan Pardew is hopeful of sealing a move for Sturridge ahead of Wednesday’s transfer deadline, with the England striker eager to make a move after falling out of favour under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has also been chasing Sturridge throughout this month’s transfer window, but the financial terms of loan package on offer from West Brom is currently higher than the deal on the table from the St James’ Park club and Sturridge is keen to make the move.

Pardew believes that a fully fit Sturridge will fire West Brom to Premier League safety this season and though his wages will stretch the Baggies pay structure, club officials are ready to sanction the deal to bring the 28-year-old to the Hawthorns.

Sturridge has been told by Klopp that he has no place in his future plans, with his status as one of the highest earners on the Liverpool payroll one of the reasons why the club are keen to strike a deal now.

Liverpool were initially reluctant to allow Sturridge to leave on loan and were in talks with Inter Milan over a permanent deal for the striker, but West Brom’s hint that they will agree to a permanent transfer next summer if all parties agree and they survive in the Premier League appears to have swung the deal in their favour.

Sturridge has started just five Premier League games this season, with injuries again affecting his ambitions to force his way into Klopp’s team.

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