Newcastle have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, with the London club planning to send Sturridge out on loan to Anderlecht, according to Metro.
Sturridge starred on loan for Bolton this season, and while the youngster has said numerous times that he wants to return to the Blues, with Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nickolas Anelka to fight with for a place in the forward line, Sturridge may change his mind if the right offer is made.
Newcastle have long been connected with Sturridge, and have reportedly become desperate to sign the England Under 21 international as they search for a replacement for Andy Carroll.
But the Chelsea star reportedly has a £20 million price tag, which is said to be turning Newcastle off the idea, despite the north-eastern club holding £35 million from the sale of Carroll in January.
Chelsea are reportedly hoping to use Sturridge as bait in their bid for Romelu Lukaku, and will send the star to Belgium club Anderlecht, which will no doubt come as a blow to the Toon, who have already had a bid turned down for Turkish striker Mevlut Erdinc.
But Chelsea are so desperate to land Lukaku, who has been dubbed the next Didier Drogba, that they are willing to use Sturridge in a much discounted deal from the £20 million they would have charged Newcastle to get the star youngster to Stamford Bridge.