A dull January transfer window for clubs around England was capped off by a dull deadline day when nothing much happened and the talking heads were left to bloviate about season-long net spend and news Pep Guardiola would be moving to the Premier League as Manchester City’s manager come the summer.
The main exception to what seemed a near universal indifference to the market was Newcastle, who splashed nearly £30M to bring in Henri Saivet, Andros Townsend, and Jonjo Shelvey. They even tried to do Liverpool a favour by taking unwanted left back Jose Enrique. Now, the window may be shut, but the rumour mongers still have them looking to do business.
Big business no less. Daniel Sturridge-sized business. It all seems a touch unlikely and speculative—especially coming as it does from the Daily Star—but at least it’s a change from unlikely and speculative rumours linking Sturridge with a West Ham move and unsubstantiated whispers about the player being unhappy with how his injury problems have been portrayed.
According to the Star at least, Liverpool are willing to give up on waiting for Sturridge to ever be fully fit again and will sell him in the summer if they can find someone willing to offer £30M for the England international who hasn’t been fit enough to play for England in nearly two years. Newcastle, they believe, will jump at that price and bring in Sturridge.
It all seems rather speculative. And more than a touch unlikely. Plus Sturridge would probably have to play a bit before anyone would consider paying £30M, at which point it would be difficult to imagine Liverpool wanting to sell. Since joining Liverpool in January of 2012, Sturridge has played 72 games and scored 44 goals. He has missed 75 games through injury.