West Brom sign Daniel Sturridge on loan from Liverpool for the rest of the season.
The Liverpool outcast was heavily linked with a temporary switch to Newcastle United, but eventually opted for Alan Pardew’s side.
Sturridge leaves Anfield in search of regular first-team football to bolster his hopes of playing for England at this summer’s World Cup
Looking forward to the next chapter in my home city,’ Sturridge wrote on Instagram as the move was announced on Monday.
And speaking to West Brom’s website, he added: ‘This felt like the right fit. I’ve got friends here I’ve played with before, the manager spoke very well, the challenge with the team and the style of play… I just felt this was the right fit for me.’
Pardew hailed ‘a big coup’ after Sturridge put pen to paper.
‘I hope our fans can understand that we are fighting to stay in the Premier League, not just on the pitch but in the market place as well,’ Pardew said.
‘This is a big coup for us and I speak for my staff and my players and say “thank you” to Daniel for agreeing to assist us in league and cup.’
He has scored three times in 14 games for Liverpool this season but overall has scored 63 in 133 games since joining from Chelsea in January 2013.
The 28-year-old is eligible to play for West Brom in the FA Cup as he did not feature for Liverpool in the competition.
The Baggies knocked Jurgen Klopp’s side out of the tournament on Saturday with a 3-2 victory at Anfield.
Sturridge has not played for Liverpool since coming on as substitute in the 7-0 routing of Spartak Moscow on December 6, with a series of niggling injuries and the form of Roberto Firmino leaving him on the outside.