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Papers: Sturridge out, Manchester United watch Walcott

Faces a month out of action due to injury ... Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge

27/03/2015 00:00:00
by UK Papers
Set to leave Chelsea? ... Petr Cech

LIVERPOOL striker Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of action for up to a month with a hip injury, according to reports.

The 25-year-old picked up the injury during Liverpool's 2-1 loss to Manchester United last Sunday.

Sturridge had been earlier ruled out of England’s games against Lithuania and Italy through the injury but the news will come as a huge blow to Liverpool’s hopes of making the top four.

The reported setback means that he could miss four weeks, which will include their FA Cup quarter-final replay against Blackburn and the crunch Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Sturridge's injury adds to an increasing list of key personnel on the sidelines, with Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel suspended for three games each, and Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana also injured.

Liverpool are yet to formally confirm the extent of the injury but Roy Hodgson has spoken of his disappointment.

“I’m a little bit disappointed for Daniel Sturridge, because when he came to us he didn’t really feel that the slight problem he felt was really any problem at all,” said the England boss.

“When we did the scan and it turned out that there was a problem he was absolutely devastated, because he didn’t want to leave us. There was no option because he has a slight tear and you can’t play through that.”

Man United want Pogba, Hummels and Alves in £100 million spree

Louis van Gaal is going to spend big this summer, but how big? The Mail believe that Manchester United will spend as much as £100 million, with Paul Pogba, Mats Hummels and Dani Alves all on their wish list. The club have no interest in younger players as Van Gaal has made it clear that he wants proven internationals.

Liverpool, Man United watching Walcott

Theo Walcott recently admitted he had not begun negotiations with Arsenal on a new contract, despite his current deal set to expire in 2016. The winger's future with the Gunners is in doubt and The Mirror claim that has both Liverpool and Manchester United interested. Both clubs would like to bring Walcott in if contract negotiations continue to stutter.

Cech could be on his way to Besiktas

Petr Cech is a sure bet to leave Chelsea this summer and Besiktas are doing everything they can to land the goalkeeper, claim The Sun. The Turkish club are in "accelerated talks" with Cech, who they have long wanted and may actually be able to get now that the Blues have Thibault Courtois and are ready to sell.


Liverpool turn up heat on Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic is at the top of Liverpool's wish list and they're ready to make a big push to land him, according to The Sun. Liverpool have kept an eye on Kovacic all season and are sending another scout to watch him play, this time when he plays for Croatia. Inter Milan have money problems and are resigned to losing Kovacic this summer, with Liverpool looking like the most likely landing spot.

West Ham, Newcastle to battle for Hernandez

Abel Hernandez was Hull's record signing just last summer, but they may ditch him after a disappointing season. If they do, The Star think that West Ham and Newcastle will do all they can to sign the striker. Both teams have been watching him all season and checking on his availability. Now, they may be able to nab him for £8m.

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