Liverpool considering other options after delay in Sturridge transfer

Daniel Sturridge’s proposed £12m move from Chelsea to Liverpool has been placed on hold after two separate disagreements involving the player’s representatives, the Daily Mail has reported.

Liverpool intended to conduct Sturridge’s medical on Wednesday but had to cancel after Sturridge’s agents were unable to agree the terms of the forward’s departure from Chelsea with the selling club. And, separate to that, Liverpool and the player’s advisors have had what is described by the Mail as “minor issues”.

The Mail adds that Liverpool are keen to crack down on the money paid to agents after recently released figures showed the Anfield club paid more than £30m to agents alone in the four years from 2008. Only Chelsea and Manchester City had higher bills.

The Sturridge transfer is still expected to go through but faces a delay. Liverpool had hoped to have the player available as soon as the transfer window opened on January 1. The stall has led Brendan Rodgers to consider other alternatives, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Kevin Gameiro a potential loan signing.

Gameiro has this season scored four goals in 11 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, but is behind the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi in the PSG pecking order. Sturridge, meanwhile, has found the back of the net twice in 12 games for Chelsea.

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