Thursday, October 18, 2012

Liverpool Eye January Loan Move For Sturridge

Liverpool is weighing up a loan move for Chelsea’s wantaway striker Daniel Sturridge as soon as the January transfer window opens, reports suggest.

The Daily Mail suggest that Brendan Rodgers will immediately address his striking situation with a quick move for the 23-year-old forward who has seen his opportunities at Chelsea severely limited this season, having made just two appearances as a substitute. Sturridge is reportedly unwilling to sign an extension on his current deal, which expires in 18 months.

The Liverpool manager was seemingly keen on bringing the England international to Anfield before the summer transfer window shut, but reports suggested that neither Chelsea nor Sturridge were willing to agree on a loan deal. Given his desire to pay first team football, the former Manchester City striker may have to change his stance having seen so few first team opportunities this season.

Liverpool have had a worrying lack of cover for their striking options this season, following the decision to allow Andy Carroll to join West Ham United on loan without acquiring suitable cover. Luis Suarez, who has scored five of Liverpool’s nine Premier League goals this campaign, is the club’s only real established striking option. Fabio Borini, while also still adapting to life in the Premier League, is currently sidelined with a fractured foot.

The Daily Mail suggest that Liverpool have no intention of meeting Chelsea’s reported £20 million valuation of Sturridge, but would be keen on exploring the option of a loan offer in the new year with an option of making the move permanent in the summer.

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