Liverpool have thrown their hat into the ring in the race to sign Daniel Sturridge this summer, with Tottenham and Manchester City also in the hunt for the Chelsea forward.
The Reds are ready to table a £10 million bid for the unsettled striker who scored a career-best 13 goals for Chelsea last season, but ended the campaign having fallen out of favour with interim boss Roberto di Matteo, who has now been handed the role full-time.
Sturridge has only twelve months left on his deal at Stamford Bridge and is said to be considering his options having failed to nail down a spot under Di Matteo, which caused him to miss the Champions League final and cost him a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has previously expressed his anger that Sturridge was allowed to leave the club to join up with Chelsea in 2009, and the Italian is believed to keen on taking the talented youngster back to the Etihad Stadium.
Tottenham are also keen on Sturridge, with the north London club hopeful that his relationship with recently announced Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas could persuade him to make the move across the capital city.
Villas-Boas handed him a starting spot during his doomed spell as Chelsea manager last season, and the young striker could be tempted to move to White Hart Lane if he is guaranteed a starting spot, something that looks highly unlikely at Stamford Bridge after the arrival of Eden Hazard.
But for that to happen Sturridge will have to reject the ovetures of Liverpool who, according to Goal.com, are preparing a £10 million bid for him as boss Brendan Rodgers looks to make the first major signing of his time at Anfield after missing out on Gylfi Sigurdsson to Spurs.
The website report that the Reds are ready to make their intentions perfectly clear by tabling the sizeable bid, and are willing to offer Sturridge a wage packet in excess of the £65,000-per-week he is currently earning with Chelsea.
The 22-year-old is currently being treated for viral meningitis but is expected to take his place in Team GB’s football squad for the Olympics, before making a decision over his future.