Daniel Sturridge is targeting a return to the Premier League, admitting he has ‘unfinished business’ in the competition.
The striker has been out of football since leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor after being handed a four-month ban for breaching gambling regulations.
Sturridge joined Trabzonspor after leaving Liverpool in 2019 and made 11 appearances, scoring four goals.
He had spent 12 years playing in the English top-flight before moving to Turkey, and across 306 appearances in all competitions he scored 105 goals.
It was at Liverpool Sturridge became a household name – his time in the team with Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling a particular highlight.
The star told Sky Sports: “I believe I’ve got a lot to give to the Premier League and I would say that’s my first choice. I do feel I have unfinished business so I would like to go back and play there.”
One club that could do with a new striker this summer is Aston Villa, and now could be their moment to pounce.
TBR’s View – Sturridge worth a risk for Villa
Villa have previously been linked with a move for Sturridge (Fotospor, February 2020), and Dean Smith should definitely consider a move.
His record with injuries is by no means perfect, but Sturridge has proven Premier League pedigree.
To sign such a player for free on a possible pay-as-you-play deal could be great business by Villa, who just need someone to put the ball in the back of the net consistently.
Mbwana Samatta has struggled since his January move, while Keinan Davis has not scored a league goal since 2017.
With Wesley still injured, Sturridge – who has two Champions League titles to his name with Chelsea and Liverpool – should not be passed up by Smith.