Sturridge has reportedly had a medical at Anfield ahead of a January move worth a reported £12m, but with Chelsea keen to offload him and 18 months left on his contract, the Daily Mirror claim that Chelsea will pay him directly to get him off the books.
It is believed that Sturridge will have to take a pay cut to leave Stamford Bridge, and rather than him remaining at the club for the 18 months remaining on his contract, Chelsea have incentivised the 23-year-old to leave with the pay-off.
Nice work if you can get it - and there'll be plenty of work going for QPR players, too, if reports of a January clear-out are to be believed.
Harry Redknapp fumed at the wages some of the players at Loftus Road were earning this weekend, and the Daily Mail suggests that Jose Bosingwa, Stephane Mbia and Samba Diakite could be amongst the men 'Arry wants to move on. Whether their exorbitant wages will make that impossible, however, is another question.
QPR are one of the few London clubs not reportedly keen on £10m-rated Derby starlet Will Hughes, say the Mirror.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder has been a key part of Nigel Clough's team, and Chelsea, Tottenham and Fulham are believed to be interested.
Spurs, with their penchant for snapping up young talent, may find themselves in front, especially if they are prepared to sign him in January and loan him back to Derby for the rest of the season.
The Daily Express picks up on quotes that Romelu Lukaku is keen to stay on at West Brom for another year, after making a considerable impression at the Hawthorns since his loan move.
"I want to stay here," Lukaku said. "I've had so many questions in the last few weeks asking 'are you staying?' I have a lot of contact with Chelsea, but they are asking questions about my development and I tell them I'm very happy to be here."
Other than that, it's slim pickings on the back pages - it's almost as if the papers are winding down for Christmas, perish the thought.
The Sun report that Reading are keen on a loan deal for Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone, but can forget about picking up Royston Drenthe as he's heading to Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz.
In 'things to stay the same' news, the Mirror claim that Joleon Lescott is NOT leaving Manchester City, while Paul Lambert, fresh from resolving his differences with Norwich, is now prepared to raid them and bring Steve Morison to Villa Park.
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