Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge’s future has been cast into doubt after the 21-year-old was thrown into a deal that could see Liverpool hitman Fernando Torres move to Stamford Bridge.
In a last ditch attempt to lure the 26-year-old Spanish international to the capital, Chelsea will now try a different tact in their bid to reach an agreement with Liverpool chiefs reports the Daily Mail.
Bolton Wanderers were set to land Sturridge – the former Manchester City youngster on loan for the remainder of the season, but the agreement has been put on-hold at the last minute pending the outcome of the Torres bid.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle will be left fuming if another bid to bring a striker to the Reebok stadium falls through having already missed out on a loan move for Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, who instead opted to join West Brom for the rest of the season.
Sturridge has failed to cement his place in Chelsea’s starting line-up and as a result has found opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge since his free transfer move from Eastlands in the summer of 2009.
However, Liverpool have previously shown interest in the promising England U-21 international as director of football strategy Damien Comolli continues his pursuit of bringing the countries most promising young talent to Anfield.
That interest has alerted Chelsea officials who are desperate to land the want-away star striker, and they are now negotiating a player-plus-cash deal in a move that could see Torres leading Carlo Ancelotti’s front line alongside Didier Drogba for the visit of Kenny Dalglish’s side next weekend.
Liverpool are still doing everything they can to keep Torres on Merseyside, but if a deal is inevitable then they may look more favourably on one that would see them inherit a ready-made strike replacement - maybe not in the long term, but at least until the end of the season.
What’s certain is that Sturridge’s future must be decided today, and he is definitely heading northbound – but as yet the finer details of his next destination, either Bolton or Liverpool, at this point remains unknown.