According to the Daily Mail, Southampton and Stoke are set to compete for the signature of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in January.
The England international has enjoyed mixed fortunes at Anfield in his Liverpool career. The 28-year-old has struggled to get into the Reds starting line-up this season. In fact, the striker has made five starts and four substitute appearances this season, scoring three goals.
Brazilian international forward Roberto Firmino is first-choice striker at Liverpool. Injuries have hampered Sturridge’s career on Merseyside. With just 18 months left on his contract at Anfield, Sturridge is in a difficult situation on Merseyside.
The striker needs regular first team football to give himself a chance of making England’s World Cup squad next summer. Liverpool are reportedly unwilling to allow Sturridge to leave on loan.
Southampton have also struggled for goals this season. However, the Saints have sold centre-back Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75million, so boss Mauricio Pellegrino should have money to spend in the transfer market.
Star striker Charlie Austin is set for two months on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, so the south coast team are in need of extra firepower.
Stoke are struggling for goals and at times have relied on the presence of veteran striker Peter Crouch for goals this season. With the Potters just above the relegation zone, boss Mark Hughes is looking to add forward options to his team in the winter transfer window.
The team from Staffordshire are also reportedly interested in signing Sturridge’s Reds teammate Danny Ings. The former-Burnley star has endured a nightmare couple of years since joining Liverpool due to injury.
The 25-year-old has recovered from injury. He could now leave the Reds in order to return to match fitness. Newcastle are also believed to be interested in signing the striker in January.
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