STURRIDGE WANTS OUT
It’s fair to say that if Daniel Sturridge can find a club in January and score ten Premier League goals between then and the end of the season, he will be on the plane to Russia with England. It seems the penny has dropped with the Liverpool striker, who was not used in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Southampton, as the back page of the Daily Mirror claims that he wants away from Merseyside.
The Mirror claim that Sturridge’s availability will spark a ‘mid-season scramble’, with the striker hopeful that Liverpool will put a realistic price on his head. They do not mention any possible suitors, but surely Everton, West Ham and Newcastle would be very interested at the right price.
MAN CITY EYE VAN DIJK
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted on Saturday that he was looking for January reinforcements even before John Stones was ruled out for the next four-six weeks. “We are going to think about it, but not because John is in that position,” said the Spaniard.
The man they could target is Southampton’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, who did have his heart set on a move to Liverpool but could be tempted to join City’s march towards the Premier League title. It’s fair to say that Southampton would rather do their £60m business with City.
DANNY ROSE IS ‘FUMING’
Well, you would be. Having come back from injury to play for both Tottenham and England in recent weeks, Danny Rose expected to be at least on the bench against Arsenal. Instead he was left behind at Tottenham HQ to train with the kids and reserves.
The Sun say he strongly disagrees with Mauricio Pochettino’s assessment that he is not yet at full fitness, and this latest problem will only increase the likelihood that he pushes for a January move to Manchester United.
AND THE REST
Man City are looking to bring in 22-year-old Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, who is out of contract at the end of the season and has also caught the attention of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea…Liverpool and Tottenham are watching Sheffield United’s 20-year-old Wales midfielder David Brooks…Bournemouth are preparing a January bid for Reading’s 19-year-old full-back Omar Richards.