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Aston Villa interested in signing free agent Daniel Sturridge

Aston Villa are interested in signing former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge this summer.

The England international is available on a free transfer having been released by Jurgen Klopp’s side, with Villa reportedly keen on signing the forward as they strengthen their squad ahead of their Premier League return.

The 29-year-old’s availability is believed to have attracted the attention of a whole a host of clubs, both in England and abroad, though according to the Mirror, Dean Smith’s side are hopeful they attract Sturridge to Villa Park.

Aston Villa will hope a return to the Midlands will be able to persuade Sturridge to join the club, with the Birmingham-born star having spent time in the club’s academy as a youngster.

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However, any deal will have to wait until Sturridge completes his FA ban, imposed for breaking rules regarding betting regulations.

Sturridge was found guilty on two counts of breaching FA rules regarding gambling, with the forward allegedly instructing his brother to bet on him joining Sevilla, though the move never materialised.

Sturridge was handed a £75,000 fine and banned from football for six-weeks, though four of those were suspended and he will be free to resume playing from July 31, although the FA are believed to be unhappy at the length of the ban and have lodged an appeal to see it increased.

Villa are looking to add to their attacking options following the return of last season’s 26-goal top scorer Tammy Abraham to Chelsea, having already signed Club Brugge forward Wesley in what was a club-record £22m deal.

Signing Sturridge will add both experience and quality to their forward options, the former Manchester City and Chelsea star having scored 50 league goals in 116 appearances for Liverpool during his five-and-a-half year spell on Merseyside.

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