By Wayne Veysey

16th Feb, 2021 | 1:02pm

Sources: Key update on Newcastle signing ex-Liverpool star Sturridge

Newcastle United are not pursuing the free transfer signing of Daniel Sturridge, Football Insider can reveal.

The ex-Liverpool striker is a free agent and is keen to reignite his Premier League career.

90 min linked Newcastle with a potential move for the 31-year-old after being offered his services.

But Football Insider has been told by a Newcastle source it is a non-starter.

The Magpies already have 25 players in their squad so they would not have been able to register him anyway.

The link to Sturridge comes after it was revealed last week that star striker Callum Wilson will be ruled out for six to eight weeks with a hamstring injury.

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Wilson is Newcastle’s top scorer this season, with his 21 Premier League appearances yielding 10 goals and five assists.

Steve Bruce selected Dwight Gayle to lead the line for Monday night’s trip to Chelsea but the Englishman cast an isolated figure as the visitors lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Club-record signing Joelinton and local lad Andy Carroll are the only other two senior centre-forwards at Bruce’s disposal.

Sturridge has been a free agent since March of last year when his contract at Turkish side Trabzonspor was terminated after just six months.

The former England international was banned from playing football until 17 June 2020 after he breached betting rules.

His 218 Premier League appearances from spells at Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, West Brom and Bolton Wanderers have yielded 77 goals.

In other news, Newcastle United are furious with the owners of Watford over their handling of potential Longstaff transfer.