NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 4, 2019: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge during the FA Premier League match between Newcastle United FC and Liverpool FC at St. James' Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge makes surprise Trabzonspor exit after just six months

Daniel Sturridge has had his contract with Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor terminated by mutual consent, having only joined the club just over six months ago.

The striker left Liverpool after six-and-a-half years last summer, and after much speculation made the surprise move to Turkey to join Trabzonspor.

He scored seven goals and laid on four assists, but eight separate injuries restricted him to just 16 appearances, with only seven of his 11 league outings coming as a starter.

Trabzonspor already boast the 10th most-prolific goalscorer in top-flight football worldwide in Alexander Sorloth, and this saw Sturridge often deployed on the right wing.

And now the club have confirmed his departure, which could set the former England striker up for a move to Major League Soccer in the United States.

Sturridge cannot join a Premier League side until the summer, but MLS clubs are able to sign players with the deadline for their primary transfer window being May 5.

DOHA, QATAR - Wednesday, December 18, 2019: David Beckham before the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Semi-Final match between CF Monterrey and Liverpool FC at the Khalifa Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

David Beckham’s new club Inter Miami still have a Designated Player slot free, which would allow Sturridge to sign a contract outside of their salary cap, with three such deals permitted.

Colorado Rapids, DC United, FC Cincinnati, Houston Dynamo, Nashville SC, New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union could also be options.

Though Sturridge is believed to own a house in Los Angeles, neither LA Galaxy or Los Angeles FC are options, with Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela already one of three Designated Players at their respective franchises.

LAFC began their MLS campaign with a 1-0 win over Inter Miami on Sunday, with Vela scoring a sublime chip for the only goal of the game.