Former Sunderland defender Micky Gray has urged newly promoted Newcastle United to make a move for injury prone Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge this summer.
The Magpies secured their expected return to the top flight on Monday evening with a comfortable 4-1 win over Preston North End.
With a busy summer now expected at St James' Park as manager Rafael Benitez looks to build a squad capable of staying in the Premier League, Gray has already highlighted Sturridge as a possible option for Newcastle and believes the forward's goalscoring record means it is worth the gamble.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the former full-back said: “Newcastle would snap your hands off right now for somebody like Daniel Sturridge.
"He is a goalscorer who is going to get you 15, 20 goals a season.”
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"They might only get 25 to 30 games out of him at a push but those 15, 20 goals will keep you in the Premier League for another season. They should absolutely go and get him.”
Though Sturridge has yet to decide his own future, the Englishman may well leave Anfield this summer having fallen down the pecking order over the last six months.
Roberto Firmino is now Jurgen Klopp's preferred option up front and with Sturridge once again facing time out of the game with an injured hip, the Reds may look to cut their losses and cash in on a player whose fitness record is of great course for concern.
A move to West Ham has already been mooted for the former Chelsea striker, but a decision over his future will not be made until the end of the campaign where Sturrdige is likely to sit down with his manager to discuss whether or not his future remains on Merseyside.