Daniel Sturridge is a striker in limbo. It would appear he’s not part of the starting 11 at Liverpool and is widely expected to leave in this summer’s transfer window. What Are The Odds looks at the likelihood via Sky Bet odds on the England international’s potential next club.
There is no shortage of interest in the 27-year old striker who has struggled with gametime and injury ever since the season him and Luis Suarez almost fired Liverpool to the Premier League title. However, according to the Liverpool Echo it may be that the club are forced to retain Sturridge due the price of replacing him in the current market. Seriously short odds of 1/8 (1.13) are currently on-offer from Sky Bet for the Reds striker to remain at Anfield when the transfer window closes.
If he is to leave then who’s in the running? Well according to the odds it’s Paris Saint-Germain and Southampton who are the joint favourites, if Jurgen Klopp does sanction a move. Both clubs have lofty 10/1 (11.0) odds, which straight away indicates no more is forthcoming, and if Sturridge has no promise to be a first team regular then it will prove to be another increasingly frustrating season.
PSG could be the ‘next step up platform’ for the England international to revive his career, as well as playing Champions League football. Southampton on the other hand are an interesting choice and Sturridge would likely enjoy being part of the exciting brand of football that new boss Mauricio Pellegrino is likely to bring to St Mary’s Stadium.
West Ham United have a long standing interest in Daniel Sturridge and it’s no secret that the club have tried to secure his services in the past. However, the concern among supporters is his injury record and the Hammers already suffer with the inconsistent playing time of their own star man Andy Carroll. 12/1 (13.0) odds on a move going through would likely shorten should Liverpool find a replacement striker in the coming weeks, but it might a move that the Hammers board just feel is too risky to spend wildly on.
Newcastle United are another logical choice, with the club looking to strengthen with proven quality, and Sturridge would be the ideal striker upgrade the club needs to thrive in the Premier League. Odds of 12/1 (13.0) shows that it’s very unlikely and the Magpies have so far failed to shine on the transfer front, likely much to the frustration of manager Rafa Benitez. So this may be a transfer link that’s just rumour without much substance.
Could a Chinese Super League club tempt Liverpool to sell with a big money offer? 16/1 (17.0) on a club from the Far East is a big outside shout, and it would be a surprise to see the 27-year old striker up and depart from the public eye in Europe to China. With a World Cup in 2018 it’s likely that Sturridge will want a big season to show he’s the man to help lead England in Russia next summer.
Probability of Daniel Sturridge's next club
|Next Club||Daniel Sturridge Transfer Odds||Probability|
|West Ham United||12/1||7.69%|
|Any Chinese Club||16/1||5.88%|