Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is reportedly set to be targeted by West Ham United in January, with the Hammers desperate to sign the out-of-favour ace.
The 27-year-old has cut a frustrated figure so far this season, as he has been limited to just 11 appearances in all competitions with just 495 minutes of action in total.
While he’s impressed in the EFL Cup, he’s started just four Premier League games, and now sidelined with a calf injury, things aren’t going particularly well for the England international.
According to The Sun, West Ham are preparing to do whatever it takes to convince both Liverpool and Sturridge to make the move to the London Stadium as Slaven Bilic is in desperate need of a prolific striker to spearhead his attack and so will make an ‘all-out attempt’ to sign him.
Provided that he can avoid regular injury setbacks, Sturridge would get the regular first-team football that he craves with the Hammers and it could lead to him rediscovering his best form.
It’s claimed that West Ham would even be open to a short-term loan deal for the second half of the season, but it remains to be seen whether or not Jurgen Klopp is willing to let the striker go.
With Philippe Coutinho ruled out until mid-January with an ankle injury, coupled with Sadio Mane on international through January at the African Cup of Nations, Klopp may well need to use his strength in depth in the New Year.
Adam Lallana is coming back from a knock of his own, and so the German tactician could require Sturridge’s services sooner rather than later with Danny Ings also out for the rest of the season.
However, if he believes that he can do without him and potentially acts in the transfer market himself, then perhaps the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker could be on his way out of Anfield in January and West Ham will be ready to swoop.