Newcastle are interested in a move for Daniel Sturridge, according to the Chronicle, but face an uphill battle to land the Liverpool man because of his high wages.

The Magpies are looking to land a striker this month as Rafa Benitez aims to bolster his squad. Aleksandar Mitrovic is looking likely to leave and Spanish boss Benitez is keen to recruit more firepower.

However, according to a report from the Chronicle, Newcastle are unlikely to complete a deal for Sturridge because of his wage demands. At this moment in time, the England international is said to be earning £120,000 per week at Anfield, which is simply out of Newcastle’s reach.

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The report claims that Jonjo Shelvey earns £80,000 per week at St James’ Park, which is the club’s highest wage. This would mean that a deal for Sturridge, even on loan, would be out of Newcastle’s financial reach.

Sturridge is also being chased by Southampton, who also have a strict financial structure.