Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge in January. Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers has made no secret of his desire to strengthen the squad when the transfer window reopens, after failing to do so in the summer, and the Blues' frontman has now emerged a top contender.
The Reds are now preparing a £15m offer to bring the England international to Anfield, reports the Telegraph. Rodgers was interested in signing Sturridge on a season-long loan deal back in the summer but the opportunity was turned down by the Chelsea star as he wanted a permanent move.
The 23-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season. Sturridge has made 11 appearances in all competitions for the Blues this term, but started only twice.
The former Manchester City man has expressed his frustration at the lack of opportunities at Chelsea, despite main striker Fernando Torres' poor form. However, Sturridge has promised to prove his worth if he is given more playing time.
"It's always difficult to say I'd score 20 goals a season. But if any player's given a regular run then you'd hope that if they're playing at a top club and given opportunities to score goals they'd be able to do that. I do believe I'm a centre-forward, I do believe I'd be able to help the team win games. Whether I can do that by scoring goals, making assists, just being there, being a physical presence - whatever I can do to help the team win I'll try and do that," Sturridge explained.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner recently expressed his desire to keep his top players including Luis Suarez, and vowed to add more strength to the squad by bringing in two or three new faces during the January transfer window.
It would be hard for Chelsea to turn down an offer for Sturridge in January as accepting the bid will help them in their preparation to land long-time target and Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao from Spanish side Atletico Madrid.