Premier League newcomers Newcastle United have been “offered” the chance to sign Daniel Sturridge, according to the Chronicle.
The newspaper report that the Liverpool goalscorer has been offered to Newcastle ahead of the summer transfer window, with the Magpies on the hunt for attacking reinforcements.
Sturridge, 27, looks likely to quit Anfield in the coming months, having fallen out-of-favour under Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
He made 27 appearances in all competitions last season, however, he was named in the starting eleven on just 11 occasions, particularly due to his prolonged battle against injury.
His lack of match fitness has left Klopp frustrated, and despite his clear goalscoring talent, Liverpool could cash-in on the England international this summer.
But it is claimed that Newcastle, who are after Premier League experience following their promotion, have been offered the opportunity to pursue a potential deal for Sturridge.
The Magpies already look poised to complete the transfer of Chelsea attacker Tammy Abraham on a season-long loan deal, but Benitez may seek to add at least one more goalscorer to his ranks.
The Chronicle report also details that Newcastle have “watched” Burnley striker Andre Gray, while current Magpies attacker Daryl Murphy is “available for transfer.”
Murphy has proven track record of scoring goals in the Championship, but doubts remain over his ability to replicate such form at the top level.
Dwight Gayle, who finished as the club’s top goalscorer with 23 goals last term, is however, expected to stay.