West Brom win race to sign Daniel Sturridge on loan
West Brom have beaten Newcastle to the loan signing of Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, the clubs announced on Monday.
The 28-year-old has been allowed to leave Anfield by manager Jurgen Klopp until the end of the season, after scoring just three goals in 14 first-team appearances this season, with the player starting only five Premier League games.
Sources told ESPN FC that West Brom won the race for his signature after agreeing to pay Liverpool a £2 million fee as well as the forward's wages of £120,000 a week.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez looked to have sealed a deal for the England forward, but West Brom's late move and their readiness to pay the entirety of Sturridge's Liverpool wages proved decisive.
Baggies boss Alan Pardew had expressed his admiration for Danny Ings last month, but Liverpool will not allow for the 28-year-old to leave this month, while they have been open to sanctioning Sturridge's departure throughout the January transfer window.
Sources said a return to the Midlands also suits Birmingham-born Sturridge, who is determined to secure regular first-team football in order to boost his chances of claiming a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad for this summer's World Cup in Russia.
Sturridge won the last his 26 England caps as a substitute in the 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory against Lithuania in Vilnius last October.
The forward joined Liverpool from Chelsea in January 2013 and has scored 63 goals in 133 appearances for the Reds.
Meanwhile, the Sturridge deal means Troy Deeney is set to stay at Watford, with West Brom ending their pursuit of the 29-year-old, sources said. And as a result of retaining Deeney, Watford will OK the loan of striker Stefano Okaka to Fulham.
ESPN FC transfers correspondent Peter O'Rourke contributed to this report.