Daniel Sturridge is close to signing for West Brom from under the noses of Newcastle, according to reports.
Newcastle were understood to be close to landing the 28-year-old on loan, but West Brom are set to get the deal done ahead of Rafa Benitez’s men.
The Times claimed earlier on Monday the “final details on a temporary switch from Liverpool are in the process of being thrashed out” with Sturridge eager to get some game time and feature in England’s World Cup squad.
The report, via respected journalists George Caulkin and Paul Joyce claimed 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, but Caulkin later admitted Sturridge never travelled north today, as he was scheduled to do.
But The Guardian and Daily Mail now claim Sturridge is heading to the Hawthorns with WBA agreeing to pay the loan fee.
Daniel Sturridge is expected to join @WBA on loan.
— Andy Hunter (@AHunterGuardian) January 29, 2018
And respected journalist John Percy later claimed Sturridge was having a medical at the Hawthorns today.
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 29, 2018
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.”
West Ham have also been in the running for Sturridge, who was left out of Jurgen Klopp’s matchday squad on Saturday.
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.