The reason Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge rejected Newcastle United in favour of a move to West Bromwich Albion has been revealed.
The Shields Gazette are reporting that the England international chose The Hawthorns over St James’ Park thanks to “family reasons” as he seeks more regular football.
The twenty-eight year old looked on course to become part of Rafa Benitez’s squad for the rest of the campaign after Liverpool gave them permission to discuss a deal with the forward.
But he failed to arrive at their training ground and instead decided to take up an offer from Baggies manager Alan Pardew to head to the Midlands club – as he has put his family first.
It will be a crushing blow to Benitez as the Spaniard seeks to add firepower to his struggling squad this week – and doubly so as he will see a relegation rival strengthened by missing out on his target.
Inter Milan and Sevilla had been interested in signing Sturridge, but their interest cooled last week and they decided against going through with moves to sign the former Manchester City and Chelsea man.
Many Liverpool supporters will be disappointed for Benitez, while others will wonder why Sturridge has been granted his wish of a move away to pursue a place in the World Cup squad.