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Liverpool Transfer News: Daniel Sturridge to Inter Milan Move Reportedly Agreed

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2018

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool have reportedly agreed a deal to allow striker Daniel Sturridge to join Inter Milan on loan this month, with a view to completing a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

Sport Witness cited a report from Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, which said Inter have agreed to pay the Reds €2 million to loan Sturridge until the end of this season, at which point they'll pay another €28.5 million to buy him.

The report also sourced Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport and reported Eder's potential move to Crystal Palace isn't expected to affect Sturridge's chance of a San Siro switch, whether he stays or goes.

It's said Sturridge is still in the frame to feature against West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, per Paul Joyce of The Times:

paul joyce @_pauljoyce

Klopp says Sturridge in plans for West Brom FA Cup tie.

Sport Witness added Liverpool "want rid" of Sturridge, and a move could accelerate come Monday, with the January transfer window scheduled to close at 11 p.m. GMT on Wednesday.

The England international is set to return from injury after six weeks on the sidelines and has hardly featured this season, starting only five times in all competitions. Nevertheless, Neil Jones of the Liverpool Echo recently voiced his opinion the Reds should hang onto their man:

Neil Jones @neiljonesgoal

@ravenk72 @MarkmaccaMc @JamesPearceEcho Except I haven't claimed Sturridge, or any of those, are 'like new signings'. Only that, given the lack of new signings, I think LFC should keep Sturridge around.

Another fringe forward looking to get more game time in this second half of the season is Danny Ings, but Klopp appeared hesitant when commenting on his chances of a loan move away, per the Daily Star's Marc Williams:

"I think I said it a few times. Maybe if Danny could go somewhere now where he could start the next 20 games, would it be perfect for him? I'm not sure.

"Of course it would be not too bad to have the opportunity to start a few more games, but I cannot forget our needs.

"We have a lot of games to come and there are a few things I don't like in the transfer window, especially in January. But we have to plan for a full year and that's what we did."

Both Sturridge and Ings have experienced injury woes at Anfield, and though Klopp appears particularly hesitant to farm out the latter, fan account Empire of the Kop suggested both will be needed as cover:

Empire of the Kop @empireofthekop

If we sell Sturridge this month, we definitely need a new striker. Roberto Firmino would essentially be required to play every game in all competitions, which he's more than capable of doing, but an injury would be devastating if Danny Ings is only backup.

Sturridge, 28, has spurned interest from West Ham United and Newcastle United to pursue a venture abroad, according to Sport Witness' report, and Inter look to be the outfit showing most interest at present.

Liverpool already sold one attacking star this winter when Philippe Coutinho moved to Barcelona, and Sturridge could join him on the departures list as he closes in on a switch to Serie A.

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