MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Daniel Sturridge of Great Britain in action during the Men's Football first round Group A Match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between Great Britain and Senegal, at Old Trafford on July 26, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Chelsea are apparently willing to let striker/winger Daniel Sturridge leave the club on loan, even though they're a bit light at striker. Whether or not that means they have a big deadline day signing coming in is anyone's guess, but he'd be a fantastic loan signing for most of the Premier League. According to a report this morning at the BBC, Liverpool have made a bid and are negotiating with Chelsea, but Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in Sturridge.
Liverpool is playing in a 4-3-3 formation under Brendan Rodgers and doesn't currently have either a locked-in starter at right forward or any kind of depth at striker. Fabio Borini played left forward at Roma and should end up playing a lot there for Liverpool, but there's almost nothing behind him and Luis Suarez up top. Liverpool should be a good place for Sturridge to get playing time.
He might not be as much of a lock to start for Spurs if he comes, but could Tottenham be just as good as a fit?
If Andre Villas-Boas is pushing Daniel Levy hard to pursue Willian, he obviously doesn't think he's set out wide. With Rafael Van der Vaart potentially on his way out and Moussa Dembele in, Spurs look to be transitioning from being a 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 kind of team to primarily playing in Villas-Boas' preferred 4-3-3. Sturridge, who excelled in the first half of last season as a right forward under AVB, would obviously be a great fit.
Even though Willian might be a more polished player than Sturridge right now, I think I like a potential Sturridge signing much more. He's used to AVB's system, he'd keep Gareth Bale on the left, he can fill in at striker, and the money we were willing to spend on Willian can be spent elsewhere. I'm hoping Levy pursues this and tries to beat Liverpool to the signing.
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