Newcastle have been ‘offered’ the opportunity to sign Daniel Sturridge after leading scorer Callum Wilson was ruled out for two months with a hamstring injury.
Sturridge has been without a club since leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor in March 2020, the forward’s deal having been terminated by mutual consent just six months into a three-year deal.
The 31-year-old’s departure came as he was banned from football worldwide for four months after being found guilty of breaching betting rules, with the star having made a positive start in Turkey after scoring seven goals in 16 appearances.
Sturridge has been keeping himself fit and has spoken about the possibility of a return to the Premier League, and 90min are reporting that the former England international’s representatives have made contact with Newcastle over the possibility of a deal until the end of the season.
Newcastle’s hopes of securing Premier League safety were dealt a huge blow after Wilson sustained a hamstring injury against Southampton last weekend, the summer signing having been in excellent form this season with 10 goals and five assists in 21 league appearances.
Steve Bruce’s current options include Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and Joelinton and Sturridge could offer an attractive alternative on a short-term deal until the end of the campaign.
Sheffield United and West Brom are also understood to have made contact with the free agent, who scored 50 goals in 116 league games across a six-and-a-half year spell with Liverpool, winning the Champions League in 2019.
Sturridge’s career has been blighted by a succession of injuries, however, and the Magpies will want the forward to prove his fitness and show he can make an immediate impact at Premier League level.