Magpies boss Alan Pardew is desperate to fill the void left by Andy Carroll and is weighing up a bid for the former Manchester City forward.
A price of £20 million has been placed on Sturridge’s shoulders, which would prove too much for Newcastle despite the £35 million windfall from the Carroll transfer; however Pardew may try and convince new Chelsea boss Andre-Villas Boas with a season-long loan offer.
The Magpies boss is desperate to bring in a striker to St James, after top target Melvut Erdinc recently snubbed a move to Tyneside opting to fight for his place at PSG instead.
Pardew’s failure to capture the Turkish striker has forced him into a having a re-think and turn his attentions towards Sturridge.
The England Under-21 striker’s successful loan spell at Bolton last season highlighted his growing potential with eight goals in 12 games displaying his goal-scoring prowess.