Everton are the latest club to enquire about the availability of Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge. Of course with the financial constraints at Goodison Park these days, Sturridge would only be able to join the club on loan.
New Chelsea boss Andre Villas- Boas said yesterday that he was yet to decide on the future of the England U-21 international, but did state that he was a fan of the youngster.
Constant transfer rumours linking Chelsea with a move for Santos striker Neymar and Anderlecht frontman Romelo Lukaku suggest that Sturridge is not at the forefront of Villas-Boas’ mind. Coupled with the existing strikers at Chelsea, it would seem Sturridge’s short-term future is away from Stamford Bridge.
There are many clubs interested in his signature on a permanent basis. Bolton, Stoke and Aston Villa are reportedly at the front of that queue. However, a loan deal would be preferential to Villas-Boas.
This would allow Sturridge to develop further without running the manager running the risk of losing a player who could spearhead the club for years to come.
Obtaining a new striker is the number one priority for Everton at the moment. With injury-prone striker Louis Saha missing far too much of the season to be relied on, former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford often wasteful in front of goal, and Victor Anichebe failing to make any significant impact, Moyes will be only too aware of what needs to be done.
Chief Executive Officer Robert Elstone claimed this week that behind the scenes, the club are working tirelessly to bring in new signings. Sturridge then ought to be right up David Moyes’ street as a young, hungry player looking to make a name for himself.
The inclusion of Yakubu in the squad that defeated Bury 4-1 last week throws doubt into the speculation about Everton’s bid for a striker, but reports suggest Moyes is still hoping to sell the Nigerian.