Liverpool are willing to let Sturridge find regular first team football elsewhere, but they will not sell him on the cheap.
Despite taking in £75m earlier this week from Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk, the Saints are apparently only looking to takr the England striker on loan.
But Liverpool want no part of that, and with their need to recoup some of that van Dijk transfer fee, the Reds have slapped a £25m price tag on Sturridge.
No team will likely shell out that much money who has struggled to stay fit for prolonged periods in the last few years and Sturridge fears Liverpool’s stance will ruin his 2018 World Cup dream.
Having established himself as a key player at Anfield in his first two seasons, scoring 35 goals in 49 games, injuries have seen his form suffer badly.
Since the start of 2014/15 he has played 84 games, only scoring 28 times, and this season he has netted just three times from 14 appearances.
But the former Chelsea and Manchester City man is an undoubted talent, and if he can stay fit and get regular football, he could be a major asset for Southgate in Russia.