Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is on the verge of completing a loan move to Newcastle for the rest of the season.
UPDATE: Sturridge now looks set to join West Brom.
Sturridge, keen to win a spot in the England World Cup squad, has been rumoured to be on the move for much of the past couple of months, despite not playing since early December.
Inter Milan and Sevilla had been suggested as potential destinations abroad, but now a suitor has come to light much closer to home.
The Times report that the Magpies are trying to seal a six-month switch to aid their relegation struggle.
Sturridge’s wages of around £120,000 a week would be covered under the terms of the deal, while Newcastle would also pay around £1.5 million for the loan transfer.
The Reds’ No. 15 has netted just three goals this season and has missed the past 11 matches.
Part of that time sidelined was due to another injury, while more recently he has been left out despite being back in full training amid speculation on his future.
With the Reds having lost back-to-back games to relegation fodder sides, an exit for Sturridge will only intensify calls from fans to strengthen the squad before the January transfer window closes.