Daniel Gabbidon considers why Daniel Sturridge overlooked Newcastle

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield on November 1, 2017 in...

Daniel Sturridge ignored Newcastle's interest to sign for West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool scores his sides third goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield on November 1, 2017 in Liverpool,...

Former Premier League defender Daniel Gabbidon has claimed on Twitter that Daniel Sturridge decided to joins West Bromwich Albion instead of Newcastle United due to the Rafa Benitez's "negative attacking play".

The 28-year-old has finally decided to leave Anfield on loan with Alan Pardew's Baggies winning the race to land the England international ahead of Newcastle, who are desperate to sign a striker this month.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez gestures on the touchline during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in...

Sturridge has been frustrated on Merseyside this season, playing second fiddle to Roberto Firmino while the presence of Dom Solanke and Danny Ings has also reduced his game time in the red of Liverpool.

Newcastle were strong contenders to land the former Chelsea and Man City star but Gabbidon, who co-hosts BBC Sport's "Feast of Football" believes that Sturridge overlooked the Toon because of Benitez's style of play.

Benitez, who is known for his focus on defensive solidity at the back as a manager, has looked to keep things tight and that means his strikers have suffered as a consequence.

New signing Joselu has managed to score four times, while Dwight Gayle has only three. Aleksander Mitrovic is expected to leave in the near future, and he has found the back of the net only twice this term.

However, the Toon will have to look elsewhere if they are to finally sign a striker, with Sturridge overlooking the north east outfit as he looks to show Gareth Southgate why he deserves to be on the plane to Russia in the summer.

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