Aston Villa have held talks with former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge over joining them this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
They report that the Villans want to bring the experienced striker back to the Midlands, at the club where he started his career as a youth player – and talks have already begun.
Sturridge has outstanding talent – he was the second-top goalscorer in the 2013/14 Premier League season, has 26 caps for England and won the Champions League last season – but injuries have held him back.
Spotrac claim he earned £130,000-a-week at Anfield, and it’s likely Villa would want to get that figure down quite substantially in order to take a punt on Sturridge.
Villa need goals after Tammy Abraham left the club, and perhaps Sturridge could provide an experienced alternative to new signing Wesley.
Jonathan Kodjia can chip in too, but Sturridge could be a decent coup as long as Villa aren’t locked into paying huge wages over a long space of time.
Even though Sturridge stayed fit last season, it’s a gamble to make a long-term commitment to him – but if he’s on song and firing, Villa would have a real force, who is hungry to show what he can do after some time in the wilderness.
On the other hand, an ageing player on high wages like Sturridge is the absolute opposite of what Smith is trying to create at Villa Park, so it would be interesting if he were willing to compromise on that.