Reported West Ham United striker target Daniel Sturridge has broken his silence over his future.
West Ham boss David Moyes has been told he has a zero transfer budget this summer (Claret & Hugh).
That means the Scot must explore the free agent and loan market or sell to buy.
Cash-strapped West Ham weighing up move for Sturridge – report
According to a report from Football.London, West Ham are weighing up a summer swoop for free agent Sturridge.
The 30-year-old former England striker has been out of the game since leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor in March after being handed a four-month ban for breaching the FA’s gambling regulations.
West Ham are on the look-out for a new striker to help support Sebastien Haller. The Hammers have been linked with Sturridge several times over the years.
The former Liverpool forward has been keeping in shape while living at his base in Los Angeles.
Now he has broken his silence to comment on his future in an interview with Sky Sports.
‘I’ve got unfinished business in Prem, I’m one of the better options for teams’
Sturridge says he wants to return to the Premier League. And he believes his status as a free agent will make him an attractive proposition in the current climate.
“We have options around the world but I’m an English player and I’ve always loved playing in the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.
“I believe I’ve got a lot to give to the Premier League and I would say that’s my first choice. I do feel I have unfinished business so I would like to go back and play there…
“I’d like to think I’m one of the better options for teams.
“I’m a free agent and I’ve played for a lot of top clubs around the world. I’m just ready to help a team be successful and to be a big part of their plans.
“I believe there’s a lot left in these legs. Although I’ve been around a long time, I would say that there’s miles on the clock but this vehicle has a lot left.”
Sturridge fits West Ham’s budget but not Moyes’s recruitment policy
Whether David Moyes will want to take a risk on a player with a history of injury problems remains to be seen.
The Scot has made it clear he wants to change the philosophy and recruitment policy at West Ham.
Instead of signing big names on big money, Moyes wants to instead capture young, athletic, hardworking players from the second tier who are hungry to prove themselves in the Premier League.
Sturridge ticks none of those boxes. But he must just have rediscovered his hunger to play in the Premier League if his comments are anything to go by.
A lot will depend on how successful Moyes is with other reported targets such as Brentford’s Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma and Eze Eberechi.