Just minutes after the official Newcastle United website announced that Chelsea had made an offer to trigger Demba Ba's release clause, it's emerged that Liverpool's proposed bid for Daniel Sturridge had been completed.
The official Liverpool website can confirm that Sturridge has penned a long-term contract at Anfield and will now compete for a place in next weekend's matchday squad.
Chelsea will fans will almost certainly be happy with the transfer business conducted so early on in the January transfer window, with Ba coming in for as little as £7 million while the Blues will receive in the region of £12 million for Sturridge.
The former Manchester City forward was finding it hard to tie down a place in Rafa Benitez's lineup and should find playing time more easy to come across on Merseyside.
Speaking to the official club website, Sturridge commented:
"Brendan Rodgers said he sees me here for a long time—and I also see myself here for a long time. I've not signed here to play for a couple of years and then move on.Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
"I've signed to be here for as long as possible. It's a humongous club—for me, one of the biggest in the world—and to have the fans and world-class players we have here is amazing."
It's still uncertain as to how Sturridge will feature as a Red, as it's common knowledge that the England international was seeking to return to his striking roots rather than the wide positions he found himself switched to at Stamford Bridge.
That being said, a lot will rest on how Luis Suarez is willing to fit in with Sturridge now at the club or even if the two could feature as an attacking pair up top under Rodgers' management.
Updates to follow..
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