West Ham United target £25m Sturridge transfer

West Ham United will try and lure Daniel Sturridge to the London Stadium in the New Year, according to reports in the Sunday Express.

Slaven Bilic was eager to sign a top-class striker during the summer, ahead of the move into their new stadium. AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca was the Croatian coach’s first choice, but he was unable to persuade the Italian club to sell and instead raided their Serie A rivals, Juventus, for Simone Zaza who has thus far failed to impress in England.

Bilic will again attempt to boost his attacking options when the window reopens, as he looks to fire the Hammers up the table following a disappointing start to the campaign. It looked as though his side were on course for a win at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, until a late Harry Kane brace condemned them to a seventh defeat in 12 fixtures.

According to the Sunday Express, the capital club have identified Sturridge as the man to improve their fortunes. The England international has suffered with injury problems in the past, but even when fit he has been unable to force his way into the Liverpool starting line-up, with Jurgen Klopp instead opting to play Roberto Firmino in a more attacking role.

The tabloid claims the German coach is prepared to listen to offers of £25million for Sturridge, previously of Manchester City and Chelsea, despite the Anfield club’s promise of a title charge this season. The 27-year-old may consider a move to West Ham as an ideal platform to relaunch his career, as he looks to also cement a place in the starting XI for England.

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