The Sun is reporting today that Liverpool are willing to let Daniel Sturridge leave the club next month.
The England striker needs first team games if he is to have any chance of making the England squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer.
The news is that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told his striker he can leave in January.
The only way Newcastle could get Sturridge in is via a loan spell with an option to buy in the summer, but Liverpool are likely to want Newcastle to pay his wages which are reported to be a huge £125K/week.
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But before Mike Ashley dismisses the potential deal because of his excessive wages we have to look at the big picture.
If we are relegated again, we will lose way over £100M in Premier League payments, and that’s always assuming we can come straight back up like last season.
It’s much worse if a club stays down in the Championship for more than one season.
SkyBet has us as clear favorites to sign Sturridge at 11/8 with West Ham next in line at 10/1.
As an aside we are also favorites to sign Fernando Torres but at 6/1.
The problem with Daniel is that he picks up a lot of injuries so it’s not clear how many games he could play for the Magpies in the second half of the season.
It would be a risk.
But Daniel can also score goals – there’s no doubt about that – and maybe Rafa Benitez will try to take both Sturridge and Danny Ings from Liverpool in January?
It’s not the only weakness we have but we are woefully short in the striker position, and Rafa will need to bring at least two strikers in during January.
Rafa could try to sell both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle (or get them out on loan and off the wage bill) if he can get other strikers through the door next month.
That’s the significant weakness at Newcastle in the first half of the season although we also need a full-back and playmaker brought in next month.
But having some strikers who can score goals would make a massive difference to our results – which is the general idea.
Certainly, Sturridge could be the hero for Newcastle if we can get him in, keep him fit and play to his undoubted goalscoring strengths.