Having just made £25M they didn’t especially want by selling Dimitri Payet to Marseille, West Ham have a major chunk of cash sat in their pocket and a need for attacking reinforcements. That has led to reports out of London that with the transfer window nearly closed, they could be set for a shock Daniel Sturridge bid.
The Liverpool striker has struggled for form this season and appears physically spent, but at his best he was arguably the best English striker in the game and fans continue to hold out hope that with playing time he might one day get back to that. So far at Liverpool, though, there are few signs of that happening.
That might not stop West Ham from turning around and offering Liverpool the full £25M they earned from the sale of Payet in the hopes that Sturridge might find his form in London. And according to TalkSport, they have already approached Liverpool—and a deal, while perhaps not likely, is far from impossible.
The main stumbling block for Liverpool would be that even with just the league to play for, selling Sturridge would leave them with just two strikers in Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi. If both stay fit, they will likely be the two Jürgen Klopp calls on the rest of the way at Sturrudge’s expense.
Counting on the two staying fit, though, would be a gamble. Still, it’s unlikely given Sturrige’s struggles with form and injury over the past three seasons that a better bid would arrive in the summer, and if a West Ham side flush with cash and needing reinforcements is willing to offer £25M, there’s a case for Liverpool taking it.