Newcastle United are in talks with Liverpool to sign Daniel Sturridge until the end of the season.

With the ever reliable George Caulkin of The Times breaking the story, it looks to have substance.

Caulkin says that ‘The final details on a temporary switch from Liverpool are in the process of being thrashed out’.

Daniel Sturridge is on his way back from yet another injury, not having played since early December with a hamstring problem.

The Times report says that is the deal is completed, it would see Newcastle paying a £1.5m loan fee, plus £120,000 wages until the end of the season.

Undoubtedly a player with ability, indifferent form and injury issues have plagued the striker in recent times.

Could be a massive player if recreating his 2013/14 form when helping Liverpool to almost win the Premier League, scoring 21 goals in 26 league starts (plus 3 sub appearances).

However, after Newcastle were linked with him earlier this month, a writer on The Mag (read below) pointed out that Dwight Gayle had actually scored more goals than Daniel Sturridge, if you compared the last four years of Premier League football each had played.

The Times:

‘Newcastle United are hoping to complete a deal to sign Daniel Sturridge on loan for the remainder of the season as Rafa Benítez counts on the striker’s scoring pedigree to keep the club in the Premier League.

The final details on a temporary switch from Liverpool are in the process of being thrashed out with Sturridge increasingly minded to stay in England as he looks to reignite his stalled career. Newcastle will have to pay a loan fee of about £1.5 million and cover the player’s wages of about £120,000-a-week for the remainder of the season.

Sturridge had the chance to move to Inter Milan after the Italians struck an agreement with Liverpool, but the 28-year-old’s delay in taking up that option indicated a preference…’

Sam Hepworth writing on The Mag – 10 January 2018:

Newcastle are (allegedly) trying to sign Daniel Sturridge on loan for the rest of the season.

I’m not quite sure what aspect of the transfer story is actually the worst.

It is claimed that the barrier to any deal happening, is that Newcastle United have been shocked to learn that they are expected to pay the striker’s £120,000 a week wages if he signs.

Yes the money that players get paid these days (especially the ones who rarely actually play) is mental but if you are going to borrow one, then it is hardly a revelation that you will be expected to pay for the privilege.

Fair enough maybe if you are a Championship club and a Premier League one are keen to loan their player out to get some games and match fit etc.

However, when it is another Premier League club wanting to take the player, a Premier League club with access to the Premier League riches, then it is simply taking the mick to expect not to pick up the whole wage bill whilst the player is with you.

Plus, the simple fact is, that if the player is of any use then another Premier League club will be happy to meet the full wage cost.

However, on top of the wages issue, I think there is another far more important reason why Newcastle should steer well clear of Daniel Sturridge.

If you take out that 2013/14 season, what has Daniel Sturridge actually achieved?

Sturridge scored 21 goals that season but has never scored more than 11 league goals in any other season.

In 2013/14 he was in that Liverpool team who looked as though they were coasting to the Premier League title, Daniel Sturridge has Suarez and Sterling alongside him, plus the likes of Gerrard and Coutinho in behind – a very impressive line-up when you look back.

People point to him doing well for England but if you check, he has only scored three goals for them since 2014!

In fact, if you compare the goalscoring records of Dwight Gayle and Daniel Sturridge, taking the last three and a half seasons when each have been involved in the Premier League, Gayle has actually scored more goals.

Neither have been automatic regulars in the Premier League in that time and Dwight Gayle has scored 18 Premier League goals for Palace and Newcastle, this season plus 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 (then of course he scored 23 goals despite only 26 starts in the Championship last season).

For Sturridge, he has scored 17 PL goals in these past three and a half seasons since 2013/14.

Newcastle need extra goals, no doubt about it, but Daniel Sturridge isn’t the man to do do it.



  • NUFCDan

    Better than anyone we have and a loan switch represents no risk with his injury records. As long as this isn’t our only signing get him in!

  • Charlie Dickens

    Perfect solution to the striker conundrum. Get him in. Now for a #10.

  • Rich Lawson

    20’000 turn up at the airport to welcome him but he is injured in the 1st training session,Doh ! (Despite my comment,this shows a lot more ambition than the rest of the window,if true ?)

    • GeordieZebra

      Turn up at the airport but Ashley has him on national express bus which takes 17 hours from Liverpool….

      • Rich Lawson

        Then complains about fitness problem due to cramped seat leg room.

        • GeordieZebra

          Snaps his leg trying to have a dump in the tiny bog. Ashley signs bus driver on the cheap as his replacement as he sits up too and can take a corner!

          • Peaky Magpie

            That is funny 😂😂😂

          • Rich Lawson

            Just got my 1000th up vote,asked ”The Mag” about the Champagne and Flowers but they put my comment on hold (made that up).

          • Peaky Magpie

            Make that 1001 😁😁

  • Paul Patterson

    ‘In talks’ means nothing at this club . .

    • Rich Lawson

      Usually just means Ashley wanting to know if there will be a proper meal with drinks or just a buffet in the away teams Director’s Box.

      • Paul Patterson

        As soon as £120k a week is mentioned we can forget it. I hardly think we will give a player nearly double our current top earner.

        • ghostrider

          We done it for Owen on a perm I’m sure we’ll pay a loan wage for a few months.

          • Paul Patterson

            Thirteen years ago and pre-Ashley . .

          • ghostrider

            Owen was still being paid by Mike Ashley.

          • Rich Lawson

            Was it for betting tips ?

          • Megatron1505

            Though not his decision to sign him and pay him, therefore (not for the first time) rendering you utterly pointless.

          • ghostrider

            Owen was offered a new deal. He walked away.

  • Mrkgw

    ‘If’ true, this would be the most significant signing for us in over a decade. Until we see it happen however, I remain cautious. How many times have we seen our hopes dashed?

    • Rich Lawson

      The Abacus has just caught fire !

      • Mrkgw

        Haha, overload.Charnley has been overworking it.

        • Rich Lawson

          To see how many years he gets when HRMC take him to court ?

  • ghostrider

    Fine if we pay the £120,000 a week if he is fit to play but not a loan fee on top of it.
    Why a loan fee?
    Taking his wage off their hands for half a season is plenty good enough for that price.
    I’ll take it whatever way it goes because it leaves Rafa with no excuses not to play Sturridge in an all out attacking sense.

    The fans won’t accept him stifling this fella, will they?
    Or is Rafalution that strong that he’ll still overcome it all even if he plays Sturridge in goal.

    • Paul Patterson

      Yawn! It’s getting boring now . .

      • ghostrider

        Generally does when the masses can’t make the minority see it their way.
        Carry on yawning.

  • GeordieZebra

    One of the few journalists I trust. If true, great news. Salary and loan fee nowt to do with me, just get it over the line. Scepticism remains like.

    Would assume this is to flush feyenoord out to see their true number.

    • Rich Lawson

      Charnley was in Amsterdam but got caught up by another ”Window” and missed the deadline .

      • GeordieZebra

        And is now fully spent

        • Rich Lawson

          Brilliant !

  • TheFatController

    Allowing us to spend the £20m on who….?

    • Peaky Magpie

      Allowing ‘him’ to spend in Aspers.

  • NUFCDan

    A few sources saying we are now favourite to sign Richmond Boakye…

    • Rich Lawson

      Is that the bloke on ”Pointless” ?

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂😂

        • TheFatController

          ‘Very unlucky there, Das Bost would have got you a pointless answer. Also pointless were Doumbia, Ferreyra, Joselu, and you could have had either of the De Jong brothers. All pointless answers, I think you’ll find, Alexander…’

          ‘Yes, they certainly were, Richard…’

          • Peaky Magpie

            Very very good 👏👏👏

          • Rich Lawson

            Das Boot would have scored maximum points as we are going down faster than they were !

      • Jezza

        No unfortunately it’s all this striker transfer speculation that’s pointless.

  • robbersdog

    Do we still have to pay £120,000 per week if he gets injured after one game?

    • Rich Lawson

      Of course,and thus have no money left for any other signings,but Mike has done his best and supported Rafa’ !

      • JonMag

        by Mike do you mean the scum that owns the club

        • Rich Lawson

          Yes but I sometimes get keyboard fatigue chucking out the meaningful insults.

          • JonMag

            [email protected]@king idiot

          • Rich Lawson

            Thanks for your support.

          • Jezza

            Don’t you know sarcasm when you read it?

    • Peaky Magpie

      Should be on paid to play imo.

  • Megatron1505

    If we can grab Big Andy back as well we might get 5 games out of them before the end of the season.

    • Rich Lawson

      He’s out for 3 months ! But fair play would be a good Ashley signing.Have to come back in an ambulance rather than a helicopter tho’

  • kingfisher

    If my sums are correct : £1,500,000 signing on fee, plus approximately 15 weeks at
    £120,000 (£1,800,000) then that makes a rough total of £3,300,000. Definitely cheap at the price if he helps us to stay up ! Apologies if my sums are wrong, maths was never my strongest subject at school !

    • Megatron1505

      If he plays it’s a bargain because he is quality, if he doesn’t then whatever the cost is irrelevant.

      • kingfisher

        A win win situation.I only hope it doesn’t drag on ’till Wednesday night !

        • Peaky Magpie

          He’ll probably ‘fail ‘ his fitness test….not 100% sure Fatty has used that one yet ??

          • Jezza

            Yes he has used that one, with some French striker we were going to sign for £10 million or so a few years ago. Modibo Maiga I seem to recall.

          • Peaky Magpie

            There you go…might be due another airing…

          • kingfisher

            If I was wearing a hat,I would take it off to you Sir.You have an excellent memory Jezza.🎩🎩🎩

          • kingfisher

            There’s a first time for everything Peaky !👍👍

          • Peaky Magpie

            See below from Jezza

        • Coble’s Return

          Agree. For good or ill, at least this repetitive bloody farce will be over by Thursday.

    • TheFatController

      Surely it’s just a ploy to get Feyenoord to take a lower bid ‘or nothing’

      Not even 6 pints speed drinking in a London pub can make Ashley sicker than paying a player more than £100k a week…

      • kingfisher

        👍👍👍😁

      • JonMag

        £3m or £20m plus wages, Sturridge is a no brainer when you`re flopping the club

      • FatParosite

        3.5 million down the Swannie as there is zero (like his hours contacts) sell on value. I can’t see THE SLUG going for it.

  • Peaky Magpie

    The only reliable source I’ve ever come across is….HP…….

  • Peaky Magpie

    Well this rumour has blown poor Iheanacho oot the water !

  • S.G.M.

    I say, lets get him in and pay him £250,000 Per 90mins. played.
    Should only cost us 15 quid in total.

  • Jezza

    Sometimes you can just smell the bullsh!t a mile off.

    • FatParosite

      Bishop effluent tunnel in overdrive….. Mind you the Times & Culkin in particular is not one for doing THE SLUG’S pr work….

    • Peaky Magpie

      Aye and West Ham are lurking….

  • Peaky Magpie

    If this or any striker deal goes through could The Hoss be loaned out to El Torero tapas bar near the Quayside as they were terribly short staffed the last time I was in there ?

  • FatParosite

    It makes sense that Sturridge would be desperate to play for contention in the summer.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    believe nothing until the contracts signed

  • Peaky Magpie

    Forget it….he’s going to West Brom…

  • Martin

    Off to West Brom. We were probably too busy trying to get him on the cheap. We don’t deserve to stay up.

    • Lhc

      He is from Birmingham that’s all this one comes down too

      • Jezza

        West Brom were prepared to pay the loan fee and the player’s wages, Newcastle weren’t.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Was due to travel up for medical but now on way to Midlands…..

  • mactoon

    Probably dodged a bullet, he would no doubt pull a hamstring on the train to Newcastle. This is just getting ridiculous. Does anyone think Sturridge was on Rafa’s ‘wish list’?

  • Dave

    Of course I forgot WBA play in front of 23000 they have a world class manager and number 2 they can offer everything we can not ffs

  • Neil O

    First time I was actually excited about a prospective signing – albeit temporary. Not only have we missed out on a proven premier league goal scorer, but WBA are now in with a MUCH better chance of staying in the Premier League. This has upped the stakes. Any club selling to NUFC…… will be well aware of the desperation and stick another 10% on top of any asking price. The fans deserve much better.

    • Down Under Mag

      They can stick as much as they want on their asking price….we have proved we aren’t even willing to come close to the first evaluation of players let alone throwing all our resources at it. I think we are well and truly in a dogfight now and could easily be going down if Sturridge come good and the other relegation candidates’ signings come good. A lot of pressure on Kenedy to be our saviour…that kind of pressure always helps players perform (said no person ever). The only consolation from our side is if Sturridge gets crocked and WBA get stuck payign his wages and don’t get any benefit…lord knows I think you’d get good odds on that if he joined us given our run of luck.

  • FatParosite

    Poof & it was gone…… almost like it was a PR stunt..??