Reds lead chase but Sturridge wants London stay.
Liverpool are leading the chase for unsettled Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge but the winger would prefer to stay in London with Tottenham Hotspur.
Sturridge is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after becoming frustrated at his lack of game-time under newly appointed boss Roberto Di Matteo.
The Italian frequently left Sturridge on the bench during his successful spell as interim manager at the backend of last season and the forward’s frustration was further compounded when he missed out on a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad this summer.
The 22-year-old has instructed his agent to find him a new club, with Liverpool in pole position for his signature.
The Merseysiders are ready to meet the European Champions £12 million valuation of the star, who has a history of moving clubs after representing Aston Villa, Coventry City and Manchester City at youth level, before joining Chelsea in 2006.
Sturridge, however, is settled in London and would prefer to stay in the capital with managerless Tottenham Hotspur. The North London side have expressed an interest in Sturridge but reluctant to match Chelsea’s asking price.
Spurs have been strongly linked with a move for ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and the England star would welcome the chance to work under the Portuguese again.