Liverpool have reportedly placed a £40 million valuation on striker Daniel Sturridge if the 27-year-old England international indicates he’d like to leave Anfield this summer.
Sturridge, who has struggled to stay fit under Jurgen Klopp has only started five Premier League games for Liverpool this season, along with 12 substitute appearances, scoring twice
Liverpool feel there will be plenty of interest for striker who has scored 59 goals in 115 games and netted his eighth England goal against Scotland in a World Cup qualifier earlier this season.
Liverpool have demonstrated an ability to get teams to overpay for players they no longer we want. Christian Benteke went for £30m, Joe Allen and Jordon Ibe for £15m each.
But £40m for a player whose body continues to break down might be a target a little too high. Even with the English international tariff!
One team that has been linked with Sturridge is West Ham, but the Hammers should have no need to overpay for an often-injured England striker. They have already done that with Andy Carroll!
But that hasn’t stopped Hammers boss Slaven Bilic talking glowingly about Sturridge saying:
“If you talk about Sturridge as a player, especially if you go back two or three seasons, he was unbelievable. But then he wasn’t a subject for West Ham.
“Now you can still see it when he plays. He plays very rarely but I watched Stoke against Liverpool the other day. He came on and, with a couple of passes, he broke their defence.
“So of course he is showing that when he plays, but he plays very rarely. When he is on fire he is a great player.
“Is he the sort of striker we would look at? We are going to see. We have our list of strikers.”