Liverpool and Arsenal are both reportedly lining up a January move for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge.
The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour with Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo and is widely expected to leave the club when the transfer window opens. According to the Metro, di Matteo will be willing to offload Sturridge for a deal worth around £15m.
The England international will be a welcomed addition to both Liverpool and Arsenal, who have showed signs of weakness in front of goal this season.
However unlike Liverpool, it is expected that by the time January comes around Arsenal’s attacking trio of Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud, will have settled into their stride, making the acquisition of an additional striker less urgent.
Liverpool on the other hand are in desperate need of some added firepower, with Luis Suarez the only recognised striker in the squad that is currently fit, the Reds surely need to put signing a striker in January at the top of their priority list.
Given the two sides current form, a move to the Emirates would be more appealing for Sturridge, with the Gunners more likely to secure Champions League football at the end of the season than Liverpool. However exactly where Sturridge would fit into the Arsenal side remains unclear and the striker may find himself squeezed out onto the wing in the same vain as Theo Walcott, or worst still used more as an impact sub, than a first team regular.
Yet, whilst a prominent role in the starting line-up at Anfield would almost be guaranteed for Sturridge at the moment, he is likely to find himself as part of a team that is languishing in mid table rather than challenging for the title. Whilst Liverpool could be an opportunity for the youngster to re-launch his career, it might ultimately prove to be a fruitless endeavour.
A third and perhaps, an option which is both more realistic and more attractive for Sturridge would be to link up with former boss Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham. It was the Portuguese manager that brought Sturridge into the Chelsea starting line-up and with Spurs short of attacking options themselves AVB may turn to his protégé as a solution to enhancing his strike force.