Aston Villa want former Premier League striker
Aston Villa have submitted a £4.2million bid for English international striker Daniel Sturridge, according to reports in England. The 30-year-old is currently plying his trade with Trabzonspor in Turkey after joining them in the summer on a free transfer following his release from Liverpool.
The Englishman, who formerly played for big clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, is wanted by the Lions to bolster their attack. Manager Dean Smith is determined to ensure the Premier League status of the club at the end of the campaign.
The 30-year-old has been in fine form for the Turkish side since he joined them. He has netted seven goals and set up four for his teammates in 13 appearances.
However, the Englishman has not been able to stay injury-free at Turkey just like the majority of his career. And, that is the only baggage of the striker who used to be considered among the elite forwards in the continent at one time.
Aston Villa have been very unfortunate with injuries this season as well. Their star striker Wesley, who joined them in the summer, will miss the rest of the season due to an ACL injury.
That leaves them with just one fit senior striker in the team in Mbwana Samatta who has been signed in January from Genk. They could need more firepower up front in order to stay afloat and Sturridge can certainly provide them that if he can stay injury free.
And, there are suggestions that the Turkish side could be open to letting Sturridge leave due to his large wages. They could even make a decent profit as well for the player they signed on a free a few months ago.
The idea of bringing in an experienced Premier League striker no doubt appeals to Smith.
Asked if he was confident of completing another deal, Smith explained: "As confident as I can be.
"We've got a list of names we're working on to get them over the line.
"Obviously, Friday night is the deadline. We'll continue to try and push them over the line. I'm as confident as I can be."
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