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By Chris Mills

As the transfer window deadline looms ever closer and with the Saints recovering from a week of mixed fortunes, reaching the final of the EFL Cup but losing emphatically to Arsenal in the FA Cup, we look at why they should sign Daniel Sturridge this January.

With top scorer Charlie Austin out for four months, manager Claude Puel has come under pressure from supporters to recruit a big-name striker in January.

With some important games coming up for the south-coast side, Liverpool striker Sturridge could fit the bill for the Saints.

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The 27-year-old has scored five goals for the Reds so far this season, with all but one coming in the EFL Cup.

Whilst the former Manchester City striker has been enjoying more game time in Jurgen Klopp’s side recently, he has failed to impress consistently.

Couple this with the return of Sadio Mane this week, and it appears that Sturridge’s game time in the coming months could be restricted to off-the-bench appearances in the Premier League.

The England forward is not one to enjoy playing second fiddle and now that he is fit, he won’t be happy sitting on the bench regularly.

But whilst Southampton may not be his first-choice club, if the south-coast side can promise game time, the striker may be open to a move there.

With the Saints at the wrong end of the shots-to-goals ratio table, a clinical striker could be an ideal solution for the EFL Cup finalists.