In Focus: Late West Ham move for Daniel Sturridge would divide Irons fans

According to reports in The Sun, West Ham United are considering making a late January move to bring out of favour Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to the club on loan until the end of the season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says that the Irons have been hit by an injury crisis in attack with strikers Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho all hit with fitness issues in recent weeks.

The Sun says that while Hammers boss David Moyes had no intention of signing a striker at the beginning of the month, his plans have now changed and he wants to complete a short-team deal for Reds outcast Sturridge.

The report adds that West Ham are long-term admirers of the England international, who wants more playing time in order to be named in the squad for the World Cup this summer, and they may be forced to take a gamble on him despite being put off in the past because of his poor injury record.

How has Sturridge done this season?

It has been another disappointing campaign for the 28-year-old.

The centre-forward has found himself behind Roberto Firmino in the pecking order, and he has made just 14 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and providing a further three assists.

Sturridge has also missed Liverpool’s last 10 matches in all competitions through illness and injury, and it would certainly be no surprise to see him go before the window slams shut on Wednesday as he also looks to be behind Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings in Jurgen Klopp’s preferred list of back-up strikers as things stand.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

It would certainly be an addition that would divide the fans.

On one hand, the 28-year-old has scored 75 Premier League goals in 194 games, while he has 64 in 133 matches in all competitions for Liverpool.

There is no doubt that he is a natural goalscorer and would boost the Irons’ frontline, but it is of course his injury record that will leave fans undecided on whether he would be a good signing or not.

The Sun says that the Reds are willing to consider a £5m loan fee with a view to a permanent £25m move in the summer, but that would certainly be a huge risk given that the east London outfit are just four points above the bottom three and still in the thick of a relegation battle.