Newcastle have made an enquiry about taking Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on loan as the transfer window draws to a close.
Press Association Sport understands the Magpies have made contact over the 28-year-old England international, but that discussions are still at an early stage and his wages could prove a significant obstacle.
The move comes with the club’s pursuit of Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen having hit an impasse over the two clubs’ respective valuations of the player.
Manager Rafael Benitez is desperate to add firepower to his side for what remains of the Premier League season with Newcastle sitting just a point above the relegation zone.
He had hoped to have all his signings in place by January 20, but to date has managed to land only Chelsea winger Kenedy on loan.
Sturridge has made only 14 appearances for the Reds and scored three goals to date this season and although he has been linked with a move away, manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he is going nowhere.
“Nothing else to say about that,” Klopp said.
“Even if there would be something it wouldn’t help us, or Daniel or another club to make the deal to that’s why it makes no sense to talk about it. You don’t need me to say anything.”
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Kompany returned for City’s 2-0 FA Cup win at Cardiff on Sunday – the first time the Belgian defender has featured since limping off at Newcastle on December 27 with a muscular injury.
He completed 90 minutes for only the second time in two months, and Guardiola was delighted that Kompany had got through his latest comeback.
“He did 90 minutes and it is a long time that he played in this kind of game,” said Guardiola, who could add to his defensive options by signing Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte before the transfer deadline on Wednesday night.
“It was a lot of long balls, a lot with the physicality.
“Vincent is so important and he did a good performance.”
Manchester City were left counting the cost of a bruising fourth-round tie when Leroy Sane was the victim of a late Joe Bennett tackle right on half-time.
Sane did not reappear for the second half and the German international is expected to have a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.
De Bruyne claimed a candidate for cheekiest goal of the season when he rolled his free-kick under the Cardiff wall, which had jumped en bloc.
“We showed them,” Guardiola said, revealing Cardiff’s practice of jumping in the wall had been noted when City scouted them in their third-round cup replay victory at Mansfield.
“My assistant coach saw the wall jump and after that he decided.
“You always give the information, but I’m sorry – the talent is the talent and the credit goes to Kevin.
“But we did a good performance, we saw them play man to man and we wanted one more man in the middle to play an extra pass.
“If you go to the right they follow to the right, if you go to the left they follow to the left, if you go the locker room they follow you to the locker room!
“So we went to look for one player in the middle and we found that extra pass quite well.”
There is a full midweek Premier League schedule, with three matches on Tuesday and seven on Wednesday.
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Wednesday’s winter transfer deadline of 11pm will be prominent in the minds of many players and managers, despite the midweek fixture list. The team selections could be indicative of potential moves being close to being finalised, particularly on Wednesday, when 14 teams are in action. Chelsea are among the clubs who could be active in the closing days and hours of the window.
SANCHEZ’S PREMIER LEAGUE DEBUT
Surely the most high-profile deal of the January transfer window has already been completed, with Alexis Sanchez swapping Arsenal for Manchester United. The Chile forward made his debut in a 4-0 FA Cup win at Yeovil and is now poised for his Premier League bow against familiar opponents: Tottenham, at Wembley. Sanchez scored just his second goal in eight appearances against Spurs when Arsenal won 2-0 at Emirates Stadium in November.
ARSENAL’S WEEKEND OFF
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who swapped Old Trafford for Arsenal in the Sanchez deal, could make his Gunners debut at Swansea on Tuesday night. The FA Cup holders were eliminated in the third round by Nottingham Forest, so had a rare weekend off after reaching the Carabao Cup final at the expense of Chelsea last Wednesday. They will be expected to return refreshed and ready to crush any hopes Swansea have of building on the victory over Liverpool.
— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) January 24, 2018
COMEBACK FROM THE CUP
Many sides will be seeking responses from disappointing FA Cup results. Jurgen Klopp will certainly demand it of Liverpool. The Reds lost to West Brom and go to Huddersfield seeking to recover from successive losses. The Terriers, who beat Manchester United at home earlier this season, were held by Birmingham in a disappointing result of their own. West Ham were beaten by League One Wigan and play Crystal Palace at home, with David Moyes wanting more from his side. Spurs drew at Newport and face Sanchez’s United.
IT IS TIGHT AT THE BOTTOM
Manchester City may have a 12-point lead, and any race at the top of the standings may be for a top-four finish. But the lower half of the table is an altogether different story as 11 clubs – from 10th-placed Watford to Swansea in 20th – are separated by six points. Include ninth-placed Everton and the gap to the Swans at the bottom is eight points. The relegation race will run and run.