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.