Chelsea youngster Daniel Sturridge is on Newcastle’s radar, with the 21-year-old looking for a side where he can get more game time on a permanent basis, according to News of the World.
Sturridge had hoped to be paired with Fernando Torres at Stamford Birdge next season, but with the club looking likely to send the striker on loan to Bolton again this season, Newcastle are reportedly looking at bringing Sturridge in as a replacement for the departed Andy Carroll.
Newcastle are reportedly prepared to take the starlet on loan for a season, and offer him the coveted no. 9 shirt.
The England Under 21 international would be quite the coup for Newcastle, who are hoping to build their forward line with younger players while keeping costs down.
"There's no way the club would offer long deals to players who are 28 or 29,” an insider told Goal.com of Newcastle's current transfer policy.
"There was no way they would contemplate bettering the deal West Ham offered [for Nolan]. He was on £40,000 a week and they offered £10,000 more.
"The club is on the way to being in far better health financially."
Sturridge has scored eight goals in 12 appearances while on loan at Bolton, and has been touted as a future star for England. The starlet recently said that if he didn’t get game time at Stamford Bridge this season, he would consider a move, opening the door to clubs like Newcastle.
“Next season I want a starting place and maybe to get into the full England side as well,” Sturridge said.
"From there, I just want to try and win as many trophies as I can."
Should the Blues decide not to include Sturridge in their starting line up, which looks likely with Torres, Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba all permanent starters for the side, Sturridge could end up making a move.