Former Newcastle United target Daniel Sturridge is now available to sign on a free after his contract at Trabzonspor was terminated by mutual consent today.
Sturridge bagged 7 goals and 4 assists in 16 appearances in Turkey, helping them to the top of the Super Lig before it was confirmed this morning he’d left the club just 8 months after he penned a three-year deal.
After Steve Bruce insisted that a striker wasn’t signed in January because no player emerged who was ‘better than what we’ve already got’, it’s almost inevitable that we’ll be linked with an out-of-window move for the 30-year-old goal scorer – and it could make some sense.
It may stink of desperation, but at a time where we’re struggling for goals after failing to find the net in our last 4 league games, we are desperate!
Dwight Gayle showed glimpses over the weekend, showing good movement and energy up top, but with his goalscoring record at Premier League level in doubt, Andy Carroll struggling to get fit and Joelinton being moved out wide over the weekend, a move for Sturridge until the end of the season wouldn’t be the worst move in the world.
His best days may be behind him, but he’s still only 30, he’s shown signs of a slight revival in Turkey and he’s bagged almost 80 Premier League goals in little over 200 games.
With us looking more and more like being dragged back into a relegation battle after winning one of our last 10, is this a short-term solution we should be considering?