Less than 48 hours after knocking Liverpool out of this years FA Cup, West Bromwich have swooped to take England striker Daniel Sturridge on loan for the reminder of the season.
In doing so the Premier league outfit beat a host of other interested parties including fellow Premier league rivals Newcastle United and Italian giants Inter Milan for the Birmingham born player.
Since moving up to Merseyside when he signed from Chelsea in 2013, Sturridge has scored 101 goals in the premier league and cup competitions for the Reds. However, despite his impressive record he has struggled with injuries during his career and along with the introduction of Mohammed Salah in the summer he has since fallen down the pecking order, starting only 5 games so far, this season.
When announcing the deal, West Brom boss Alan Pardew said “This is a big coup for us. He has fantastic talent,”
While Sturridge explained why he chose to move to the Baggies, explaining: “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.”
One benefit of the striker’s lack of appearances means he is still eligible to play for his new team in this years FA Cup where they will take on Southampton at home in the fifth round.
Earlier that day West Brom had also strengthen their defensive options with the signing of Egyptian defender Ali Gabr on loan for the rest of the season from Zamalek, with the option to but for 1.1m at the end of the season.
This means that the 29 year old Gabr who has 18 caps for Egypt will now line up with fellow Egyptian international Ahmed Hegazi as the pair look to continue their international partnership in the Baggies central defence.