West Ham are eyeing up a loan swoop for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge with a £5million asking price slapped on his head by the Reds, according to a report.
The Sun claim on their website that the Hammers are keen to bolster their forward line after a series of injury blows to their attacking stars, with Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Manuel Lanzini all forced to the sidelines as a result of their respective blows.
As a result David Moyes is reported to have opened up a transfer search for a striker, and has identified Liverpool’s 28-year-old hitman as a possible signing, with a loan move until the end of the season the likely move.
It is said that the Reds are willing to let the 26-cap England international depart for a £5million loan fee, but that there must be a clause to make it a £25million permanent move in the summer.
Sturridge has scored just three goals in 14 appearances this season, and has been out of action since the start of December through injury.
Football Insider verdict
With Sturridge firmly out of favour at Liverpool, fans may have been surprised not to have already seen him shipped out either on a permanent deal or a loan move. However, the £25million demand makes that very clear. The striker, while undoubtedly talented, has a woeful injury record, and when there is so much at risk, both financially and in the first team, there is no way any side would be agreeing to the Reds’ terms. A £5million loan fee seems reasonable, especially if his goals were what secured a side Premier League safety, but again, there is no guarantee he is even going to play half the games between now and May. A difficult situation for all parties involved, and one which might not be sorted by the time January ends.
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