Liverpool step up interest in Chelsea ace

Brendan Rodgers’ re-building project at Anfield looks set to go on right until deadline day, as the Reds prepare to increase their interest in a move for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge. The Mirror reports.

Chelsea could be willing to sell the frustrated England international as he struggles to secure a regular first-team berth, especially when Fernando Torres has re-discovered his goal-scoring form.

The Blues are already seeking alternative striking options, with Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle being strongly linked with a summer move to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool have yet to make a bid for Sturridge and a potential deal may not materialise, especially if Roberto Di Matteo misses out on his striking transfer targets.

But Brendan Rodgers appears committed to raise the necessary £15 million needed to bring Sturridge to Anfield, as he seeks to offload Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing.

Adam has been linked with a move across Stanley Park to Everton, while Downing has attracted little attention after his woeful campaign last season.

It has also become clear in recent weeks that Andy Carroll no longer features in Rodgers’ plans, with the Geordie striker not fitting into the ethos of free-flowing, passing football which the Northern Irishman is keen to implement.

Newcastle is the destination of choice for Carroll, with a loan move which could lead to a permanent deal. West Ham have also expressed an interest in the player.

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