Daniel Sturridge is closing in on a loan deal to Newcastle for the remainder of the season, claims a report.
The Liverpool frontman was set to make a move to Inter Milan, but they have apparently pulled out of a loan move and switched targets to Javier Pastore and Newcastle have made their interest known.
Saturday’s reports in Italy claimed Inter had agreed a €2million (£1.75m) loan fee, along with with a €28.5million (£25m) agreement to sign the England man in the summer.
That report has quickly proved inaccurate with Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio yesterday claiming a deal was unlikely.
“Sturridge? I don’t exclude anything, but we made our evaluations,” Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio told Mediaset Premium. “We already have players for that role.
“If there are opportunities in the future then we could have some movement.”
The Times now claim the “final details on a temporary switch from Liverpool are in the process of being thrashed out” with the 28-year-old striker eager to get some game time and feature in England’s World Cup squad.
The report, via respected journalists George Caulkin and Paul Joyce claims Newcastle will pay a £1.5million loan fee and cover the player’s wages £120,000-a-week wages until the end of the season.
West Brom, and West Ham have also been in the running for Sturridge, who was left out of Jurgen Klopp’s matchday squad on Saturday.
Toon boss Rafa Benitez has appraently turned to Sturridge after Newcastle failed to meet Feyenoords £20million valuation for Nicolai Jorgensen.
Sturridge has has made just five starts this season, scoring three goals, and his last appearance was a sub in the 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow in December.