Sturridge closing in on move to Trabzonspor


first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is nearing a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor.Goal can confirm that the 29-year-old is travelling to Turkey on Wednesday for talks with the club, who are prepared to offer a two-year contract with an option for a third.The contract is thought to be worth around €3 million (£2.8m/$3.3m) per season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Sturridge has been a free agent since departing Liverpool at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, and his potential move to Turkey would see him join a Super Lig side that finished in fourth place last season.That finish was good enough to qualify for Europe, and Trabzonspor have the second leg of a Europa League play-off set for Thursday against Sparta Prague, with the first leg having finished at 2-2. Sturridge struggled with injuries during his time at Anfield after joining the club from Chelsea in January 2013. The striker scored 21 goals in a memorable 2013-14 campaign, but since that season has failed to start more than 11 league matches for the Anfield outfit. In his final year with Liverpool, Sturridge made 27 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals, and was an unused substitute in June’s Champions League final victory over Tottenham.Overall, Sturridge scored 67 goals in 160 appearances during his time with Liverpool. “Daniel has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great, I would think,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the club’s official website upon confirmation of his departure.”He came to the club while we were trying to rebuild and re-establish ourselves. Some of the goals he has scored for Liverpool were so, so, so important.”Sturridge began his career at Manchester City before joining Chelsea in 2009. The 29-year-old was reported to have suitors all over Europe, though remaining in the Premier League appeared an increasingly unlikely option.Real Betis, Bologna, Marseille and Besiktas were mentioned as potential destinations for Sturridge, along with MLS side D.C. United as well as clubs in Qatar. But it appears the veteran is set to continue his career in Turkey, as Trabzonspor looks for its first league title since the 1983-84 season.last_img

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