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Liverpool set to finalise Sturridge deal

January 02, 2013

Daniel Sturridge is poised to become the first big mover of the transfer widow when he joins Liverpool for £12million.

The Reds are now finalising the deal, although it will not be done in time for Sturridge to make his debut against Sunderland at Anfield on Wednesday night.

However, the former Manchester City hitman is expected to be at the game, and could be available for Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Mansfield.

Brendan Rodgers has captured Sturridge, who he knows him from his days at Chelsea, after pursuing him for most of his six-month Liverpool reign.

The Reds boss failed to land him in the summer but Sturridge rejected a loan move, claiming he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge permanently. 

Rodgers has finally landed the 23-year-old after weeks of protracted talks and Liverpool threatened to pull out of the deal over agents’ demands. 

The two clubs agreed a fee before Christmas and the player underwent a medical on Merseyside. 

Rodgers feels Sturridge, who has scored two goals in 12 Chelsea appearances this season, can help Luis Suarez up front and he has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal. 

Chelsea are believed to be giving him a pay-off to top up his wages to £80,000-a-week. 

Rodgers hopes Thomas Ince will follow Sturridge into Anfield, and talks with Blackpool over his £6million return are well advanced. 

Winger Ince will return to Liverpool 18 months after being sold by Kenny Dalglish and the Reds will pay Blackpool £4m because they had a 35 per cent sell-on clause inserted into his contract.


Source: DailyMirror


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