By Will Butcher
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be on his way out of Anfield with West Ham, Sunderland and Stoke all interested, according to a report.
The prolific England international is no longer first choice under manager Jurgen Klopp, following a spate of injuries that allowed Roberto Firmino to become the Merseyside giants’ first-choice striker.
Italian publication Calcio Mercato claim that the three Premier League clubs could make a move for Sturridge in January, after becoming unsettled at Anfield.
The former Manchester City star has made just three starts this term, coming off the bench on three other occasions. He’s scored twice, with both goals coming in Liverpool’s 5-0 demolition of Championship outfit Burton Albion.
Last season, the 22-time England international made just 19 starts for Liverpool in all competitions and was replaced in 11 of those, as the striker failed to overcome a persistent groin injury before succumbing to knee and hamstring problems.
Now back to fitness, Sturridge is finding it difficult to become a first-team regular and could be forced to look at other avenues.
West Ham are desperate to sign a striker who can score goals, after attacking duo Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew continue to be ruled out with injury. New signing Simone Zaza has been unconvincing, with the Hammers main goal threat coming from winger Michail Antonio.
All three clubs will have to stump up a hefty offer as the 27-year-old still has three years remaining on his Anfield deal.
In other West Ham transfer news, chairman David Gold has identified two things that can turn the Hammers’ season around.