Frustrated Daniel Sturridge is reportedly interested in a switch to Southampton – but fears that Liverpool could price him out of a move.
Stoke are also keen on the 28-year-old England star, who is determined to quit Anfield next month in search of regular first-team football.
Liverpool, however, are set to rebuff any loan bids and will only be tempted to allow Sturridge to leave if an offer of £25million is made, according to the report in the Daily Mirror.
Their sources close to Sturridge claim that the frontman has become disillusioned by Liverpool’s stance – particularly as he has shown a strong team ethic despite a lack of first-team action.
The former Man City star has knuckled down without complaining publicly about playing second fiddle to Liverpool’s main central attacking option Roberto Firmino.
Whether on a loan or on a permanent basis, Sturridge now wants to play for a club where he can play regularly and boost his fading World Cup hopes.
Spanish clubs Valencia and Sevilla have also shown an interest, while Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is also said to be keen on the talented but often injury-plagued striker.