The Frenchman was influential in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Norwich City.
Aston Villa were beaten 6-0 by Liverpool earlier today.
Sheffield Wednesday have moved up to fifth place in the Championship table.
Arsenal are in the running for the Premier League title this season.
The Everton defender has come in for criticism this season.
Newcastle currently have no plans to replace Steve McClaren, according to reports today.
Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 2-1 this afternoon.
The German midfielder was imperious in his side's 6-0 win at Villa Park.
Middlesbrough, Hull City, Burnley, Brighton and Hove Albion, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County make up the top six.
The Gunners were 2-1 winners on Sunday courtesy of a late goal from Danny Welbeck.
The former Scotland international knew Sturridge at Manchester City.
The Manchester United midfielder is being linked with a free transfer to Newcastle United but the former would be crazy to let that happen.
Ex-Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson will reportedly hold talks with Derby County - but the Rams are still interest in Birmingham manager Gary Rowett.