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Newcastle enquire about Liverpool outcast Sturridge

Jurgen Klopp has often said Daniel Sturridge is not going anywhere this season. Credit: PA

Newcastle have made an enquiry about Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on loan.

The understanding is the Magpies have made contact over the 28-year-old England international, but that discussions are still at an early stage and his wages could prove a significant obstacle.

The move comes with the club's pursuit of Feyenoord's Nicolai Jorgensen having hit an impasse over the two clubs' respective valuations of the player.

Sturridge has made only 14 appearances for the Reds and has scored three goals to date this season and although he has been linked with a move away, manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he is going nowhere.

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Newcastle in the hunt for Feyenoord forward Jorgensen

Robin van Persie's return could spell the end for Jorgensen at Feyenoord. Credit: PA

Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen remains firmly in Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez's sights as he looks add firepower to the quest for Premier League survival.

The Magpies have had an initial bid for the 27-year-old Denmark international rejected with the Eredivisie club understood to be holding out for a fee in the region of £20million.

The understanding is Newcastle are still in the hunt and, with owner Mike Ashley having sanctioned a recruitment drive during what remains of the winter transfer window, they could yet break their transfer record to land Jorgensen.

That currently stands at the £16million they paid Real Madrid for England striker Michael Owen in August 2005, long before Ashley took up the reins at St James' Park.

Jorgensen, whose former clubs include Brondby, Bayer Leverkusen and Kaiserslautern, joined Feyenoord from FC Copenhagen in July 2016.

He has scored seven goals in 14 league appearances to date this season and two more in his four Champions League outings.

However, Robin van Persie's return to his former club earlier this week has increased competition for places and the Magpies are hoping to persuade the frontman, who played against prospective new team-mate Ciaran Clark in both legs of his country's World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland, that his future lies on Tyneside.

Jorgensen is not Benitez's only target with Leicester's Islam Slimani also understood to be on his radar.

Chelsea midfielder Kenedy close to Newcastle move

Kenedy has yet to break into the first-team at Chelsea. Credit: PA

Chelsea midfielder Kenedy was undergoing a medical on Tyneside on Tuesday morning as he closed in on a loan move to Newcastle, Press Association Sport understands.

The 21-year-old Brazilian headed for the north-east on Monday night after being given the green light to do so by manager Antonio Conte.

Should the deal go through as expected, opposite number Rafael Benitez will get his hands on a player he courted during the summer as he looks to add pace and invention to the fight for Premier League safety.

The former Fluminense player is a wide man by trade and has been used in recent weeks by Conte as a wing-back, but has also played centrally.

He has made five senior appearances for Chelsea this season, all of them in the domestic cup competitions.

His capture would represent a significant breakthrough for Benitez, who had hoped to have his transfer business completed by January 20.

Owner Mike Ashley has sanctioned investment this month with the club having slipped to within a point of the drop zone.

Benitez is understood to be targeting a proven striker in particular with his side having scored just 22 goals in 24 league outings to date.


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