Sturridge could spark tug of war as Premier League club renew interest

West Ham United could reignite their pursuit of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in the summer, according to Clubcall.

What’s the story?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp recently poured plenty of doubt over Sturridge’s long-term future at Anfield by telling reporters that talks will be held at the end of the season.

The England international has been limited to just five Premier League starts in the 2016-17 campaign.

His lack of first-team action has been down to various injuries but also being lower in the pecking order, with Roberto Firmino preferred as the focal point in a three-pronged attack including Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho.

West Ham were linked to Sturridge in January, but a move never materialised, and now Clubcall reports that Slaven Bilic is monitoring the striker’s situation.

Do the Hammers have a chance?

In short, yes. If Sturridge is looking for first-team football then he is likely to be offered it at the London Stadium.

Over the years, the player has been quite vocal about where he prefers to play on the pitch – through the middle.

In his career, particularly at Chelsea and Liverpool, Sturridge has been used in a wider role to accommodate either better strikers in the team or the manager’s system.

With that in mind, the striker is likely to choose a club that allows him to play in his favoured position.

A sticking point for West Ham – as it so often is for clubs outside of the top six – is being able and willing to meet asking price and wage demands, particularly as other suitors are likely to be circling.

The forward will have two years left on his Liverpool contract when the season comes to an end.