West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has suggested he’d be interested in signing Daniel Sturridge this summer.
The Liverpool forward is currently injured and very unlikely to play again this season following a torrid campaign in which he’s started just five Premier League games.
Jurgen Klopp hasn’t stated as much openly, but it’s abundantly clear he’s given up on the Englishman who simply doesn’t suit the rampant style of play Liverpool’s boss demands.
Bilic though reckons the 27-year-old still has it, and was actually very impressed with Sturridge recently during the forward’s substitute cameo against Stoke City.
We were 1-0 down when he came on but emerged 2-1 victors thanks partly to his influence, but also the brilliance of our Brazilians.
“The player you want has to be available and he has to choose you,” the Croat told Sky Sports.
“If you talk about Sturridge as a player, especially if you go back two or three seasons, he was unbelievable.
“But then, he wasn’t a subject for West Ham.
“Now you can still see it when he plays. He plays very rarely but I watched Stoke against Liverpool the other day. He came on and, with a couple of passes, he broke their defence.
“So of course he is showing that when he plays, but he plays very rarely. When he is on fire, he is a great player. Is he the sort of striker we would look at? We are going to see. We have our list of strikers.”
Sturridge is more than capable of knocking in 20+ goals for any side in the Premier League, providing he stays healthy for the majority of a campaign.
He’s proven though in the past three seasons that he finds this very, very difficult – and in truth – we think his body will stop him reaching the heights he did in 2013/14.
If the Irons pay a hefty price, he’s theirs.