West Ham United are favourites to complete a summer move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, according to a report in The Sun.

The England international has regularly been linked with a move away from Anfield, having fallen down the pecking order under manager Jurgen Klopp.

With Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi regularly preferred to lead the Reds’ attack, Sturridge has been restricted to making just 14 Premier League appearances so far this season, with nine of those coming off the bench and has only managed to find the back of the net twice.

The Hammers will be looking to bolster their attacking options during the close season, especially after losing talisman Dimitri Payet to Olympique de Marseille, earlier last month.

Despite Andy Carroll’s recent purple patch in front of goal, West Ham’s top scorer remains Michail Antonio, predominantly a winger, with eight goals.

Signing the 27-year-old, who has played at the highest level and has 71 Premier League goals to his name, would represent a major coup for manager Slaven Bilic, more so after the disappointing performances of summer signings Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri.

The pair were signed to improve West Ham’s firepower, but failed to adapt to England’s top flight and scored just one goal between them, with Zaza cutting short his season-long loan with the Irons to move to Spanish outfit Valencia.

Since leaving Chelsea in a £12 million deal back in 2013, injuries have plagued Sturridge’s time at Anfield and he has been unable to reproduce his 2013/14 form, when, alongside the mercurial Luis Suarez, he scored 21 league goals as the Reds narrowly missed out on their first ever Premier League title.


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