By David Lynch
Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge is due on Merseyside on Sunday for a medical ahead of his proposed move to Liverpool, Goal.com understands.
The Englishman will undergo a physical examination at the club’s Melwood training ground but is believed to have already agreed terms on a deal with the Reds.
Liverpool have also reached an agreement with Sturridge’s club, and are expected to pay €14.7 million for the 23-year-old forward.
The Anfield club are eager to secure the attacker’s services as soon as the January transfer window opens, having played the first half of the season with just one senior striker in Luis Suarez.
However, with Fabio Borini expected to return to training next week following his recovery from a foot fracture and Tom Ince likely to join Sturridge in making a move to Merseyside, Brendan Rodgers’ attacking options will be given a significant boost ahead of the second part of the campaign.
Former Manchester City striker Sturridge has been restricted to just one start this term, with misfiring forward Fernando Torres preferred by both Roberto Di Matteo and his replacement Rafael Benitez.
The Birmingham-born forward made 28 starts last season, scoring 11 goals despite often being deployed out wide.