Former Celtic and Scotland international midfielder Craig Burley has backed Newcastle to take a risk on signing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in the upcoming January transfer window.

The Magpies have been lacking up front this season, with Joselu and Dwight Gayle failing to find the goal trail and Aleksandar Mitrovic firmly out of favour under manager Rafael Benitez.

Their lack of attacking threat has seen them slip down the table into the relegation zone, having gone on a nine game winless streak which has garnered just one solitary point from a possible 27.

Benitez himself has spoken out about the need for transfers in the January transfer window as he looks to bolster his side with extra quality, and he has been backed to take a risk on Liverpool’s injury prone striker Daniel Sturridge by Burley.

Asked if the move would be a hit or miss, he selected the former, suggesting that a contract incentivised by bonuses relating to his playing time could be the secret to getting the most out of the 28-year-old, insisting that he needed to be offloaded from English giants Liverpool.

Speaking on ESPN FC’s website, he said: “There’s a connection there with Rafa Benitez, I think Liverpool need to get some money for him, get him out.

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“It’s whether Newcastle, with potential new owners, want to take some sort of chance on his fitness and play him with one of those contracts that’s incentivised in terms of games.

“He could’ve been worth £40 million or £50 million for Liverpool if he played 40 games, but he doesn’t.”

This season has seen Sturridge limited to primarily substitute appearances, with just five of his 14 appearances across all competitions coming in the starting XI, which has resulted in him netting three times so far.

In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies have been named favourites to secure the services of an established Premier League star in January.

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