Premier League Transfers closing – West Brom boss Alan Pardew has described the signing of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on a loan deal until the end of the season as ‘a big coup’.
Pardew swooped to sign the 28-year-old England international, who is looking for regular first-team football in the second half of the Premier League campaign with one eye on going to the World Cup with the Three Lions in Russia this summer.
Sturridge, who had been linked with moves to Inter Milan and Newcastle in this window, has struggled for game time at Anfield this season with just 15 outings, while he has not played since making a substitute appearance Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow in early December.
This is a big coup for us and I speak for my staff and my players and say ‘thank you’ to Daniel for agreeing to assist us in league and cup.
Indeed the former Chelsea and Manchester City has featured in just 55 Premier League games over the past four seasons because of varying injury issues, but Pardew is hoping he will provide a big boost to their top-flight survival hopes with Albion 4/6 to avoid relegation.
“I hope our fans can understand that we are fighting to stay in the Premier League, not just on the pitch but in the market place as well,” Pardew said.
“This is a big coup for us and I speak for my staff and my players and say ‘thank you’ to Daniel for agreeing to assist us in league and cup.
“He has fantastic talent and will strengthen our ambitions on both fronts.”
Sturridge, who revealed that family reasons played a big factor in his decision to join the Baggies, is delighted with the move to The Hawthorns.
He told the club’s official website: “I’ve got friends here I’ve played with before, the manager spoke very well, the challenge with the team and the style of play . . . I just felt this was the right fit for me.”
Sturridge is set to make his West Brom debut in Wednesday’s daunting trip to Premier League leaders Manchester City, where Albion are 20/1 to pick up a surprise win. City are priced at 1/7 and the draw is available at 9/1.