St James Park boss keen on Stamford Bridge youngster.
Daniel Sturridge targeted to solve Newcastle’s striker problems
Daniel Sturridge has emerged as a transfer target for Newcastle United, as Alan Pardew looks for a solution to his striker problems.
The Magpies have already snapped up Demba Ba this summer, but Pardew believes he needs another forward to help plug the gap created by Andy Carroll’s January move to Liverpool.
Chelsea’s Sturridge was linked with Newcastle at the end of last season, but the club decided to pursue a trio of players based in France – Gervinho, Kevin Gameiro and Mevlut Erdinc.
Gervinho chose Arsenal and Gameiro opted for Paris Saint-Germain, where he will play alongside Erdinc, after the Turkey international decided to stay in the French capital.
Alan Pardew has thus far been dealing with a shoe string budget and one would imagine that he would have fork out a decent offer to tempt Chelsea into selling England Under 21 international Daniel Sturridge, a player the Mapgies boss is looking to sign on a permanent basis as opposed to a season long loan.
Thus far Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has refused to spend much of the £35m the club received from Liverpool for Andy Carroll and the additions that Pardew has made, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba, all arrived at St James’ Park on free transfers.
The 21 year old striker will find himself far down the pecking order at Chelsea with Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka all ahead of the former Man City man and Andre Villas Boas is heavily linked with moves to bring in even more firepower so it may well be in Sturridge’s best interest to look into a possible move away from the West London club.
With Demba Ba arriving from West Ham Pardew has at least started to address the need to improve his attacking options but could well do with adding another striker to a front line that currently includes the fairly average Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Leon Best and youngster Nile Ranger.
Newcastle United have already lost captain Kevin Nolan to West Ham and are still trying to secure Jose Enrique and Joey Barton to long term contracts in what has been a fairly busy summer.