Aston Villa are reportedly keeping a close eye on Daniel Sturridge with the former Liverpool forward struggling at Trabzonspor.
Sturridge joined the Turkish club in the summer but is unable to train regularly though has still managed to find the net seven times.
His contract at Trabzonspor runs until 2021 but it’s been claimed the club are assessing whether to keep the 30-year-old, who has so far ‘not paid back the money he’s received’.
Taka Gazete claim that a number of Premier League clubs are interested in Sturridge, who impressed at times while at Anfield.
Aston Villa are one of the clubs named with Dean Smith having previously been keen to sign a new striker.
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However it’s claimed that Villa could find it tough to pay a transfer fee or Sturridge’s wages if they fail to remain in the Premier League.
The Villa park outfit are currently just one point outside the relegation zone as we enter the final few months of the season.
And Smith has admitted he is concerned following a poor performance against Southampton at the weekend.
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"I've always been worried because it's a tough league to win games in,” the Villa boss said.
“Will we get that performance again? I certainly hope not. The players will be fairly embarrassed when they drive home as well.
“I said to them before the game ‘we’ve got 13 cup finals.’ We got deservedly beat and players have played themselves out of another cup final next week.
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“My feelings are embarrassment with the performance; it was a dreadful performance. They have to show me what they’re about.
“There’s too many training-ground players – if you want to play in the Premier League, you’ve got to go and perform on a match day.
“If you want to be a Premier League player, you have to go and perform week in, week out.
“I’m sure there’ll be a few players cowering behind the scenes when we do a debrief.”
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