Daniel Sturridge is contemplating leaving Chelsea in January in order to reignite his England career – with both Liverpool and Tottenham ready to offer him a route out of Stamford Bridge.
Sturridge has fallen well down the pecking order at Chelsea thanks to the form of Fernando Torres, and has only made two Premier League appearances this term – racking up a sum total of 31 minutes on the pitch.
The Chelsea forward was the subject of intense rumours over the summer, with reports claiming he was on the verge of signing for Liverpool on deadline day before the move fell through at the last minute.
Sturridge struggled for game time under Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo when he took over from Andre Villas-Boas last season, and that trend has continued this time round.
Villas-Boas, now manager at Tottenham, is said to be keen on landing the man who he helped into the first team at Chelsea in the first place.
Sturridge’s early season form under the current Spurs boss last season saw him bag 11 goals to make him joint top-scorer at that point, before Villas-Boas’ March departure.
The Chelsea forward missed out on Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad and hasn’t featured in any of England’s World Cup qualifiers so far.
Liverpool in particular look somewhat short of firepower thanks to the departure of Andy Carroll and the absence of Fabio Borini through injury, and boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to be an admirer of Sturridge.
The Merseyside club almost completed a move for Sturridge on deadline day, however the deal stalled when Liverpool insisted on a season-long loan while Chelsea wanted a permanent switch.
Whether Liverpool will be willing to business at Chelsea’s asking price of around £15 million when the winter window opens remains to be seen.
Villas-Boas has appeared keen to land a forward who can play in wide positions having been linked with Willian and Loic Remy, and his relationship with the Chelsea player may help facilitate a move.
Whether Sturridge is granted his wish of a move to either Anfield or White Hart Lane could hinge on Chelsea’s success or failure in landing £46 million-rated forward Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid.
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