Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool – a move which will kick off a major battle for his signature.
England striker Sturridge is frustrated after slipping down the pecking order at Anfield, and could leave Merseyside in the looming January transfer window.
A number of clubs have been made aware that Sturridge has accepted he is not wanted by the Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp.
The 27-year-old – who scored in the Three Lions’ Wembley win over Scotland last Friday – has claimed he is happy to fight for his place.
But Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi are ahead of him, and both men are seen by Klopp as better team players.
West Ham and Stoke are among the clubs interested in the £120,000-a-week marksman, who has netted four times for his club this season although they have all been in the EFL Cup.
The Hammers in particular are desperate for a high-class marksman as they are struggling for goals.
Stoke have already taken striker Wilfried Bony on a season’s loan from Manchester City, but remain huge fans of Sturridge’s abilities.
On Monday, interim England boss Gareth Southgate backed the player’s insistence that he IS a team player.
Speaking at his press conference before Tuesday’s Wembley friendly against Spain, Southgate said: “He is a goal-scorer, a talented player and his mentality to working with us has been excellent.