West Ham are in poll position to sign Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, according to the Express.
Not a single West Ham striker has scored a competitive goal this season, which has ultimately contributed to the disappointing start to the campaign.
So it is understandable that the club seem prepared to go in to the January transfer window with a striker once again top of their list of priorities.
Daniel Sturridge, who is valued at £21.25m by Transfermarkt.co.uk, certainly offers an exciting alternative to what we already have at the club, despite not yet scoring for Liverpool in the Premier League this season. He does have his injury problems, but he would offer a threat we currently don’t possess in front of goal.
It is likely that Simone Zaza will be sent back to Juventus at some point before the clause in his contract is activated, while Diafra Sakho’s return may give the side a much-needed boost in front of goal.
However, it is still unclear whether Sturrdige would be open to swapping a potential title challenge with Liverpool for what could be a battle against relegation with us.
Everyone knows he is capable of winning games on his own – he was the most important member of Liverpool’s famous title-challenge a few seasons ago, despite Luis Suarez claiming most of the plaudits.
The Express claim Jurgen Klopp prefers Roberto Firmino over Sturridge and will consider selling the England international in the summer if an offer of around £25m is made.
It is reported that West Ham are the only club seemingly interested in taking the 27-year-old off Liverpool’s hands this January but the club’s roulette strategy to transfer windows in recent years certainly does suggest interest in Sturridge won’t be longstanding.
If he can stay fit, signing Sturridge would be a huge coup for the club and he would no doubt help save us from the drop and help fire us in to that so-called next level the owners keep banging on about.