Date: 28th August 2012 at 12:44pm
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With the transfer window now into its final few days, Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has emerged as Liverpool’s main target according to reports…

The Mirror and Daily Mail are amongst the many media sources to link Liverpool with an imminent move for England international Daniel Sturridge.

The 22-year-old has struggled for game time at Chelsea during 2012 after firstly Andre Villas Boas and now managerial successor Roberto Di Mateo continually choose to overlook the player.

When Sturridge has featured it has largely been as a late substitute or in a less favoured wide position and with the Blues having invested heavily in their squad already this summer it could be that a move suits all parties.

The former Manchester City player first came to prominence in the 2008-09 season, winning the Citizen’s Young Player of the Season award, but with his contract coming to an end that summer Sturridge opted for a move to London.

A slow start at Stamford Bridge resulted in a highly successful loan spell at Bolton Wanderers towards the end of the 2010-11 campaign where he scored an impressive 8 goals in 12 games.

Life back at Chelsea though has since become increasingly frustrating for the ambitious forward and he is known to be interested in making a move should first team chances not be forthcoming. The fee is reported to be anywhere between £10m and £15m depending on which speculation piece you read.

As discussed previously however, any incomings such as Sturridge which require transfer fees will need squad players moved on first to raise finance. The Mirror is also amongst those who believe Charlie Adam is one of the fringe players most likely to depart with Everton now strongly interested in the Scottish midfield.

Elsewhere it seems the £3m transfer to Bolton Wanderers of Jay Spearing is close to completion (various) whilst TalkSPORT believe fellow midfielder Joe Cole could be set for an emotional return to first club West Ham United.

Vital Verdict
Sturridge could be a very handy acquisition for a Liverpool side still short of attacking options in Brendan Rodgers’ preferred 4-3-3 system. With the future of Andy Carroll still in doubt, the signing of a striker could quickly become a necessity. Support to Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini up front has so far largely been provided by the inconsistent Stewart Downing and 17-year-old rookie Raheem Sterling. Sturridge would increase the number and quality of options markedly although there remains the odd question mark over the striker’s attitude and temperament. Should he sign, Sturridge will need to subscribe to the high work effic of the team.

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