Newcastle face fight for free agent with two Champions League medals

Date published: Monday 15th February 2021 1:13 - Neil Foster

Reports claim Newcastle are one of three Premier League clubs that have been offered the chance to sign free-agent striker Daniel Sturridge.

Sturridge, 31, has been without a club since being let go by Trabzonspor in March 2020. He penned a three-year deal with the Turkish outfit but lasted just six months.

He was jettisoned after receiving a four-month worldwide ban for breaching betting rules. It was a sad end to his stay in Turkey after the England man had scored four goals from 11 Super Lig appearances.

He bagged another three in domestic cup competitions but has now been out of the game for 11 months.

The Birmingham-born ace has an impressive CV. Having come up through the Manchester City youth ranks, he made his senior debut for the Citizens aged 17.

Chelsea came calling in the summer of 2009 and he scored 24 goals from 96 outings for the Blues. Liverpool took note and snapped him up in January 2013 and it was at Anfield that he began to flourish.

The man with 26 England caps scored 24 goals in 2013-2014, forming a lethal partnership with Luis Suarez. However, a series of injuries and Suarez’s departure stalled his progress.

In total Sturridge scored 67 goals from 160 appearances for the Reds. He spent the second half of the 2017-18 campaign on loan with West Brom but struggled with injury once again.

It was thought that a move to the continent would reignite his career but off-field activities ended those hopes. The forward has reportedly been keeping himself fit in the hope of landing a deal.

He feels he can still play at the highest level and there have been rumours of a move to MLS. But it appears as though he wants to play in England and the Magpies could do with some attacking help.

Callum Wilson could be out for two months, leaving them light up front. Steve Bruce has only Joelinton, Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle at his disposal.

Competition for Sturridge

West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United are said to have made contact with his representatives, according to 90min. Both clubs are deep in relegation trouble and need a spark to give themselves any hope of survival.

It remains to be seen whether the experienced international would want to be part of that fight to avoid the drop. Newcastle are not out of the woods yet but do have a seven-point cushion to the bottom three.


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