Daniel Sturridge explains Newcastle snub as details of loan deal to West Brom emerge

Daniel Sturridge has joined West Brom on loan until the end of the season (Getty)Daniel Sturridge has said his decision to snub Newcastle was because West Brom were the ‘right fit’.

The Liverpool striker has moved to the Hawthorns on a loan deal until the end of the season.

It was thought he was going to join Newcastle, with the England international even speaking with manager Rafael Benitez.

But instead the Birmingham-born player opted for a move to the Baggies.

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‘I just felt this was the right fit for me. I’ve got friends here I’ve played with before, the manager spoke very well and there’s the challenge with the team and the style of play,’ said the 28-year-old.

Details of the loan move have emerged, with West Brom understood to be paying all of Sturridge’s £120,000-a-week wages.

They also agreed to pay Liverpool a £2million loan fee, according to the Daily Mail.

Daniel Sturridge has struggled for game time this season, with just five Premier League starts (Getty)

Sturridge’s season so far…

Premier League starts: 5

Substitute appearances: 4

Goals: 2

Assists: 1

Champions League starts: 0

Substitute appearances: 5

Goals: 1

Assists: 2

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West Brom manager Alan Pardew couldn’t hide his delight with the deal, which came just 48 hours after his side beat Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup.

‘This is a big coup for us,’ he said. ‘I hope our fans can understand that we are fighting to stay in the Premier League, not just on the pitch but in the market place.

‘I speak for my staff and my players and say thank you to Daniel for agreeing to assist us in league and Cup. He has fantastic talent and will strengthen our ambitions on both fronts.’

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge close to joining Newcastle United on loan

Daniel Sturridge is on the verge of joining Newcastle United. (Getty Images)Daniel Sturridge is close to joining Newcastle United on loan from Liverpool, according to reports.

The 28-year-old has barely featured under Jurgen Klopp this season and has started only five games in the Premier League so far.

Liverpool are open to allowing Sturridge to leave, although the striker is keen to remain in England.

Sturridge has attracted interest from Inter and Sevilla, but The Times report that Newcastle are closing in on a deal.

Sturridge has started only five Premier League games this season. (Getty Images)The report claims that Rafa Benitez’s side will pay a £1.5 million loan fee to Liverpool and will also cover the striker’s £120,000-a-week salary.

West Ham and West Brom have also expressed an interest in signing Sturridge but Newcastle are hopeful they can secure a deal after missing out on Nicolai Jorgensen.

Newcastle submitted two offers for the Denmark international but Feyenoord are refusing to lower their £20m asking price.

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Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen is also on Newcastle’s radar. (Getty Images)Sturridge has asked to leave Liverpool after falling down the pecking order at Anfield and was left out of the squad for the 3-2 defeat to West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Newcastle, meanwhile, currently sit 15th in the Premier League and just a point above the relegation places.

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Rafa Benitez on Everton’s shortlist to replace Ronald Koeman

Rafa Benitez is on Everton’s radar. (Getty Images)Rafa Benitez is one of the leading names on Everton’s shortlist to replace Ronald Koeman, according to reports.

The Dutchman is under pressure at Goodison Park after guided the club to just two wins in the Premier League so far.

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The Sun claims that Everton’s players are ‘convinced’ that Koeman will be sacked and reports that Benitez is among the managers being considered by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

The 57-year-old spent six years as Liverpool boss and led the club to that remarkable victory over AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2005.

Ronald Koeman is under pressure at Everton. (Getty Images)The Spaniard, who reportedly still has a house in Merseyside, also won the FA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup during his time in charge at Anfield.

At Newcastle, Benitez managed to guide the team back into the Premier League last season but was reportedly frustrated with the club’s board over their transfer policy this summer.

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Benitez had targeted moves for Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero, but Newcastle failed to get both deals over the line.

So far this season, Benitez has guided Newcastle to 10th in the Premier League with three wins and a draw from seven games.

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