West Ham ‘prepare shock £18m move for Sturridge’

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2016 9:10 - Scott Anderson

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West Ham are ready to make a shock move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge with manager Jurgen Klopp ready to sell the player, according to reports. 

Sturridge has endured a disastrous spell on the sidelines over the past two seasons, and has been hit by numerous injuries since his move to Anfield in January 2013.

The 26-year-old has only featured six times this season, and after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he had “no chance” of featuring in Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay against Exeter, there is a sense that the German may be running out of patience with the striker.

Now reports in the Brentwood Gazette suggest that West Ham are looking to offer the former Chelsea striker a route out of Liverpool as they prepare an £18million bid.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is desperate to sign a striker in the January transfer window, and has also expressed interest in Juventus’ Simone Zaza.

But now Sturridge has emerged as a target for the Hammers as they bid to break into the top four and claim Champions League football next season.

Bilic’s side are currently sixth in the Premier League, four points behind fourth placed Spurs.

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