Following a slew of reports linking Daniel Sturridge with a move to either Stoke City or West Ham, today the rumour mill has churned out a slightly higher calibre of potential destination for Jürgen Klopp’s current second choice to lead the line. Which isn’t to say Stoke and West Ham aren’t respectable, mid-table sides. Tottenham, though, are top four contenders with an outside shot at a title challenge.
And at least according to the Bleacher Report, Tottenham want Daniel Sturridge. Certainly Spurs would be a more appealing destination should Sturridge push for a move away from a Liverpool in the midst of their own title challenge. Yet that in turn makes the thought of the Reds being willing to sell impossible to believe. They aren’t in need of money, and so there’s no amount of it that would make sense of selling Sturridge to a rival.
Journalists with ties to the club were already cool to the idea that Sturridge would be available for sale to begin with. That wasn’t enough to stop the rumour mongers who needed column inches to fill and eyeballs to capture, if Liverpool’s willingness to deal with Stoke or West Ham was hovering somewhere between slim and nil, the chances they would sell to Tottenham are somewhat further south of that.
Now, when it comes to Tottenham, The Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce was quick to throw cold water on the rumour, saying that “if Sturridge does indeed want to quit Liverpool then he hasn’t conveyed those thoughts to Klopp” and adding that “the Reds certainly aren’t contemplating the prospect of selling Sturridge in January.” Seems settled, then. Which probably won’t stop the transfer talk.