West Ham United is ready to launch a sensational £18m bid to land Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool, according to a report from Brentwood Gazette.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is desperate to sign a striker and has been heavily linked with a move for Juventus forward Simone Zaza, but the latest report comes from nowhere which claims they are eyeing Sturridge’s situation at Liverpool closely and are even ready to make an offer.
Ironically, West Ham brought in another injury-prone striker from Liverpool in 2013 when they signed Andy Carroll, who is currently sidelined with hamstring problem.
The England striker has struggled with repeated injury setbacks since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival back in October and hasn’t been able to train with the first team squad for six long weeks, and the new German boss is now visibly frustrated as he cannot call upon the former Chelsea attacker, who has only started only four matches this term and 13 in last season.
Jurgen Klopp is believed to have lost patience with the striker due to his fitness issues, and former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann thinks the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss is actually covering for Sturridge and making lame excuses.
He told TalkSport that Sturridge’s problem is more psychological than physical, saying: “The club has got a responsibility to tell the paying public what is wrong with him.
“If he has got a hamstring injury, an ankle injury, or whatever he may have, the people who pay for a season ticket have got a right to know what is wrong with him.
“Judging by the way Jurgen Klopp answered his questions (ahead of the Manchester United game) I don’t think there is too much wrong with the player.
Daniel Sturridge has been absent from the first-team training for six weeks, and yet another enforced break from any kind of physical activity has left the Anfield hierarchy as uncertain as ever about when the striker will be fit to play.
Jurgen Klopp’s frustration with Sturridge’s struggle to fit himself again is hardly concealed and the striker has only returned to training field again “because of some issues”, as the German boss described it.
On whether he will pick Sturridge for the FA Cup third-round replay against Exeter City at Anfield tonight, the German told: “There is absolutely no chance for Daniel.”
Several reports even suggesting that Sturridge must answer all the doubts about his fitness or face the fate of being sold by Klopp.