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Is it the end of the road for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge?

The Englishman has made just two starts since January.

Josh Kerr

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There was a time where Daniel Sturridge was one of the most prolific goalscorers in the Premier League.

His partnership with Luis Suarez, during the 2013/14 campaign, which saw 55 goals scored between them in all competitions, was one of the greats of the Premier League era.

However, the 28-year-old is undoubtedly fading and, at the end of his disappointing West Brom loan spell, it is difficult to know what the future holds for the Englishman.

Sturridge joined the Baggies on deadline day of the January transfer window after only starting once for his parent club Liverpool.

The move would hope to increase his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad as well as help to ensure the Premier League survival of a club close to home for the forward.

However, the move has gone horribly wrong for both parties since the start of the new year.

The move was initially described as a “coup” by recently sacked Baggies manager Alan Pardew, who won only one of his 18 Premier League fixtures.

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Despite the incredible turn-around undergone by caretaker boss Darren Moore, the drop was inevitable for West Brom and the signing of Sturridge now looks to have been one of the season’s most disappointing pieces of businesses.

The Liverpool loanee will cost West Brom £4 million in wages and his initial loan fee by the end of the season – an extra painful expense that will have to be shouldered by the Baggies as they prepare for life in the Championship.

Sturridge has played no part in the club’s recent upturn in form. In the 1-0 win away at Newcastle United last weekend, the striker was an unused substitute with Hal Robson-Kanu preferred ahead of him, embodying a dramatic fall from grace for the former Chelsea striker.

The Englishman is now nobody’s first choice. His injury-proneness is at a point of parody and while his goals to game ratio is undeniable, it is undone by an inconvenient truth. The striker just isn’t worth the risk currently and with the best of his days undoubtedly behind him, it is hard to see a club taking a gamble on the forward.

He is also likely to become a record holder for all the wrong reasons. If Liverpool were to win the Champions League, with the demise of West Brom from the Premier League, he would become the first ever Champions League winner to be relegated that same season.

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His parent club are firing on all cylinders, scoring 130 goals in all competitions and heading into their first Champions League final in 11 years.

With the likes of Mohamed Salah, the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all finding the back of the net for fun this season, it is difficult to see Sturridge winning back a first-team place.

A player on a £120,000-a-week pay packet is not one to warm the bench with.

The West Brom move clearly hasn’t worked out. However, a cut-price deal for Sturridge could appeal to a newly-promoted side looking to stay up or a mid-table side seeking greater attacking options.

It’s always sad to see one of the country’s most promising stars fade as dramatically as Sturridge has in recent years. However, with the right club, a season free from injuries may just yet see the dancing striker show glimpses of his former self.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

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Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Everton round-up: Richarlison medical, Digne price-tag, Klaassen bid

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Richarlison medical

Richarlison has completed his medical at Everton and is set to join on a £50 million deal from Watford in the next 24 hours.

Marco Silva worked with the Brazilian last season and was keen to reunite with him this summer.

An initial fee of £35 million is set to be paid for the player but clauses will take the overall price-tag nearer to £50 million.

That will make it a club record, ahead of last summer’s £45 million signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Digne price

There have been conflicting reports today in Spain regarding recent reports in England over Lucas Digne. The Mirror recently claimed Everton had agreed a £22 million fee for the French international.

However, that does not appear to be the case.

According to Sport, Everton have offered Barcelona just €10 million (£8.9m) for the player, with Barcelona wanting €16 million (£14.3m).

Everton currently have a delegation in Spain trying to thrash out a deal for the left-back.

Klaassen wanted

German side Werder Bremen want Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen. Kreiszeitung are reporting that the Bundesliga side are hopeful of signing the former Ajax captain in a £11.6 million deal this summer.

That would be a huge £12 million reduction on the £23.6 million Everton paid Ajax for the player last summer.

Klaassen failed to find his form at Everton and is expected to depart this summer.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

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Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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