Pardew plots major coup to sign Daniel Sturridge

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Daniel Sturridge will wear number 15 at West Brom
Daniel Sturridge will wear number 15 at West Brom

West Brom have signed Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge on loan for the rest of the season.

The Baggies’ Premier League rivals Newcastle and Serie A side Inter Milan were also keen on the 28-year-old.

Sturridge has scored 74 Premier League goals in 114 starts and has also netted 27 times in cup competitions, but has started only five games this season.

“This is a big coup for us. He has fantastic talent,” said West Brom boss Alan Pardew.

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Birmingham-born Sturridge said: “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.”

He will be eligible to play for West Brom in their FA Cup fifth-round tie at home to Southampton.

Earlier on Monday, the Baggies signed Egypt defender Ali Gabr on loan from Zamalek until the end of the season.