Daniel Sturridge has passed a medical and finalised his loan move from Liverpool to West Bromwich Albion until the end of the season.
Alan Pardew’s side, fresh from knocking the Reds out of the FA Cup over the weekend, will pay a fee of around £2 million as well as assume the entirety of the 28-year-old’s £120,000-a-week wages.
The striker opted for the Baggies over Newcastle United, who had thought they were on the verge of signing him on Monday, and Inter.
The Serie A club were the first to reach an agreement with Liverpool for the England international, but he stalled on a switch as he waited for other offers to materialise.
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Sturridge had hoped that Sevilla would follow up an enquiry for his services with a formal proposal, but that did not happen as West Ham and then Newcastle both monitored the situation.
The latter attempted to finalise a deal with the player having thrashed out terms with the Merseysiders, but he did not travel to Tyneside as expected with West Brom making a late move.
Birmingham-born Sturridge preferred a return to the West Midlands and undertook his medical on Monday.
The forward’s opportunities were restricted under Jurgen Klopp, who prefers Roberto Firmino as his focal point. He started just five games in all competitions this season and managed just 11 in the previous campaign.
Sturridge joined Liverpool in January 2013 – the same window as Philippe Coutinho, who also exited the club this month to become Barcelona’s record signing.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City ace, out of contract in 2019, made 133 appearances which produced 63 goals for the Anfield side.