Monday lunchtime brought news that Newcastle were set to sign Daniel Sturridge.
The Liverpool striker moving on loan to Tyneside after Mike Ashley refused to meet the asking price for Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen.
George Caulkin of The Times broke the Sturridge story, with George not being one for idle transfer speculation it looked positive.
Caulkin said a £1.5m loan fee and £120,000 wages were to be paid by Newcastle.
However, now The Guardian have revealed that West Brom appear to have beaten Newcastle to the signing.
‘Daniel Sturridge is expected to join West Bromwich Albion, not Newcastle United, on loan until the end of the season. The out-of-favour Liverpool striker has attracted interest from several clubs in this window including Internazionale, Sevilla and Newcastle, but Albion are closest to securing his services on a temporary basis.
Liverpool’s FA Cup conquerors are understood to have agreed a loan fee of around £1.5m for Sturridge, who has not featured for Jürgen Klopp since the Champions League rout of Spartak Moscow in early December. He has made only five starts in all competitions this season.’
In response to The Guardian update, George Caulkin appears to confirm the bad news….
“Newcastle were expecting Sturridge to travel north this lunchtime. He hasn’t.”
The combination of undermining the manager and sheer incompetence under Mike Ashley, is quite breathtaking.
Rafa Benitez had given Ashley and his minions the list of players he wanted back in December and stated he wanted all signings made ideally by 15 January and by 20 January at very latest.
The penny pinching and risk taking by Mike Ashley is unbelievable, ignoring the advice/opinion of a respected manager who has been there, seen it, done it.
No need either to remind anybody either as to who just happens to be manager of West Brom now…