According to The Express, West Ham and PSG have registered an interest in England international Daniel Sturridge, but the £40 million asking price is scuppering any potential bid for the forward.
Sturridge was a key player for Liverpool under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, combining with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho to devastating effect. He scored a total of 40 goals over 3 full seasons, and was an integral part of the unlikely title challenge in the 2013/14 season.
Life under Jurgen Klopp has not been as rosy for the left-footed target-man, with the German preferring Roberto Firminho as his first choice number 9. With opportunities hard to come by and niggling injuries continuously hindering his progress as a player, it appears that Sturridge is no longer a part of Klopp’s plans.
West Ham are the best bet, with Slaven Billic targeting a striker after the Hammers only scored 40 goals in 38 games over the course of last season. The striking department at West Ham has long been lacking, with the blockbuster signings of Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Simone Zaza all turning out to be busts.
PSG, on the other hand, are a slightly strange bidder, with their front-man Edinson Cavani having scored over 49 goals in 50 games last season.
It is unclear what PSG expect to gain from signing Sturridge, other than a role-player to take some of the pressure of Cavani’s shoulders. As rich as they are, it is difficult to imagine PSG spending £40m on a bench-player, but then again, football is crazy sometimes.