This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to The Sun, Aston Villa are plotting a move to bring Daniel Sturridge back to Villa Park, 19 years after he left the club’s academy.
Improving their forward line seems to be a key ambition for Villa this summer after seeing Tammy Abraham return to Chelsea following his loan spell.
They’ve already made a big move by bringing Wesley to the club for a fee of £22m but they’re now targeting a deal which will be considerably cheaper.
The Sun suggests they could swoop for 29-year-old Sturridge this summer for nothing after his release from Liverpool.
Per Spotrac, the striker was on a salary of £130,000-a-week last season so it would seem likely that he’d have to take a pay cut in order for the deal to go through.
Reuniting Sturridge with the club he left as a boy would be quite the fairytale but this is a move the Villans should be avoiding this summer.
A free transfer means there is less risk but his wage demands could be quite high. Given his recent injury record, it’s highly unlikely that it would be one worth taking, however.
Sturridge would come prepared for Premier League life but because of the number of games he’s missed in recent years, he is one of the last players they should be considering.
The Englishman certainly knows where the goal is but there’s no guarantee that he’d stay fit if he arrives back in the Midlands.
As far as offering an experienced head to the dressing room goes, Sturridge would be a valuable addition, but he’s simply too injury prone to guarantee he’d be a hit on the pitch.