Newcastle should forget about trying to secure a loan move for Liverpool’s Danny Ings and go all-out to land a more sensational target from the same team in the January window – Daniel Sturridge.
The Liverpool Echo reported that Newcastle are interested in Ings and have contacted Liverpool, but Sturridge is the man who can fire them to Premier League safety.
Sturridge is a proven Premier League goal scorer – he has 75 goals in 194 appearances in the Premier League.
Ings has only scored 13 in the Premier League, and while that may be unlucky for him because of injuries, Newcastle need someone who’s tried and tested.
Both players have had their injury woes in recent times, with Ings perhaps the only striker in the league that has suffered more than Sturridge.
However, when he was fit Sturridge averaged a goal every 104 minutes in the 2013/14 season. Ings’ last consistent season was in 2014/15 when he averaged a goal every 256 minutes.
It’s no secret that the Magpies need to add goals to their team if they want to survive in the Premier League, and they’re currently two points from safety.
It would be less of a risk to take a chance on Sturridge who has scored Premier League goals wherever he has gone, then take a chance on Ings who’s had one good season in the top flight.
Sturridge is still banging the goals in for Liverpool, despite his lack of game time. He’s already notched two in nine league appearances for Liverpool this season.
And Newcastle might face less of a battle to land Sturridge.
Sturridge is desperate for football because he wants to make it into the England World Cup squad next summer. And staying in the Premier League, which he knows inside out, could be the best move for him.
A loan move could also work out best for both clubs, with Newcastle getting a short-term solution to their problems while their takeover rattles on. And Liverpool would ensure game time for a striker that Klopp admires when he’s fit.
Ironically, Sturridge has been fit for most of this season, but Klopp has preferred to rely on Roberto Firmino, with Sturridge considered rusty.
Six months at St James’ Park in a bottom of the table fight would shake that out of him and prove whether he can stay fit long enough to make a mark at Liverpool.
And what a statement it would be for Benitez and the Newcastle team – a world-class striker who could go on to become an unlikely hero in the north east.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, it is reported that a bid has been placed for one of the club’s top attacking targets.