Despite Newcastle United seizing the Championship title and scoring the joint most goals in the second tier last season, manager Rafael Benitez appears to have his heart set on a striker this summer.
And it appears that The Magpies may have stumbled across a very intriguing option. The Chronicle reports that Liverpool have offered Daniel Sturridge to the Tyneside club with his future uncertain under manager Jurgen Klopp.
Understandably, Newcastle supporters can be divided into three distinct categories when discussing this latest transfer rumour. Firstly, there are those who believe Sturridge’s undoubted talent make a deal a no-brainer.
Then there are those who argue that his appalling injury record draws comparisons with a certain Michael Owen.
And, finally, those who think he is worth the risk – injuries or not.
It must be remembered that it’s now four years since Sturridge helped inspire Liverpool to the brink of the Premier League title with 21 goals in just 29 Premier League games alongside Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez.
In the three seasons since, Sturridge has tallied just 15. Meanwhile, despite being available for the much of last season, Klopp only handed the England international seven Premier League starts.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Yet, if fit, there are few better finishers in the European game. Though that is an almighty ‘if’.
Fit and i would of said yes a thousand times over but the man cant stay fit, we cant afford to have a £20m+ player on the injury table— Toon Tom (@youmeandnufc) June 7, 2017
If he could be fit for 20+ league games I'd be happy with Sturridge, Gayle, Abraham next year.— Dell (@DellRKO) June 7, 2017
I'd 100% take the risk. When fit hes unstoppable— Daniel Winter (@iamdanwinter) June 7, 2017
Imagine if we signed Sturridge and Gibbs in our first season back #NUFC— Taz (@TAZBI0) June 7, 2017
Also Sturridge managed 19 games this season in the premier league for a team that finished in the top 4 and scored 3 goals— Danny Knox (@HeelTurnDan) June 7, 2017
No Mitro scored more prem league goals in one relegation season for Newcastle than Sturridge has managed for Liverpool in either of last 2— Danny Knox (@HeelTurnDan) June 7, 2017
Sturridge has a questionable injury record and for the amount that it'd take to bring him in and pay him it wouldn't be worth it.— Ste (@TinchySneijderr) June 7, 2017