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.
‘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
Champions League starts: 0
Substitute appearances: 5
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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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