Rafa Benitez is “pushing hard” for Newcastle United to sign Daniel Sturridge, with the club leaning towards a loan deal to lower the cost, according to a report.

The Northern Echo reports that Mike Ashley is not keen to pay the striker £125,000-a-week, but would be fine with loaning him if the “financial goalposts” were budged.

Benitez is keen to add a striker to his squad as the Magpies have failed to win any of their last nine leagues.

The same report states that Benitez is still keen on signing Danny Ings.

Sturridge is expected to leave Liverpool as he attempts to make England’s World Cup squad with Jurgen Klopp believing a move suits everyone.

Football Insider Verdict

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Sturridge would be an amazing signing for the Magpies as they search for someone to score the goals needed to survive in the Premier League. The striker would be keen to make a fast start because he is desperate to go to the World Cup, and he hasn’t featured in Gareth Southgate’s recent squads. Sturridge is a proven Premier League goalscorer, having scored 75 goals in 194 appearances. The only downside to the striker is his injury problelms – if Newcastle United sign him and keep him fit, he’d be a revelation at St James Park. Also Benitez’s other target, Ings, has already attracted a lot of attention and it may be a harder task to get him.

In other Newcastle United news, this is why Daniel Sturridge should be signed ahead of Danny Ings if the club want to survive relegation.

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