Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be set to leave Anfield in January, with Fenerbahce apparently eyeing him as a potential target, according to Turkish publication Hurriyet.
Yet to pen a new deal with the club and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Sturridge is free to negotiate with any European clubs as of January and Fenerbahce are looking to take advantage of his situation; while they may go ahead and try to sign Sturridge in January, the alternative is to wait until the summer to pick him up on a free transfer.
However, Sturridge’s recent betting charge could prove to be a stumbling block. Currently embroiled in a case with the FA over a bet being placed regarding his loan spell to West Brom in January, the Super Lig side intend to wait for the outcome of the investigation before choosing whether to pursue the 29-year-old — any guilty verdict would end their interest in the star.
Any deal to bring Sturridge to the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium would also be dependant on the future of Roberto Soldado, with the ex-Spurs man having to be offloaded before they could feasibly move for the England international.
After looking destined to leave Merseyside in the summer, Sturridge had somewhat of a revitalisation during preseason and instead stuck around; with 4 goals in 9 matches, including a stunning late equaliser against Chelsea, he has already played his part.
Injury free and looking in the best shape he’s been in for a while, Sturridge can still find himself to be a useful member of Klopp’s squad, yet there is still no news of another deal being on the table.
However, with there being little chance of the striker displacing Roberto Firmino as first choice, he may look for a move away where he can be considered “the main man”.
Sturridge will undoubtedly go down as one of the most naturally talented forwards in Liverpool history, yet a myriad of injury problems have prevented him from ever truly reaching his potential; it looks like being another unfortunate case of what could have been.