Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s loan move to Italian giants Inter Milan seems to be over, with the club saying their intentions this window lie elsewhere. 

Sturridge, 28, had been linked with a move to Inter with the striker looking to discover his goalscoring form before this year’s World Cup in Russia.

He has played 98 league games overall for the Reds, scoring 48 goals, but has only made nine appearances all season, scoring just twice.

His persistent injury problems have led the England international to miss much of Liverpool’s season, falling down the pecking-order behind Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Although it seemed likely that the loan deal would take place this transfer window, Inter director Piero Ausilio has now confirmed that Sturridge will not be making the move to the Serie A club.

Speaking to Football Italia, when asked about Sturridge, Ausilio said: “I don’t feel that I should cancel anyone from the list of possibilities, but in terms of the attack we have the players we are content with and can go forward like this.”

Although Ausilio denied interest in the Liverpool player, he did admit that Inter are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain attacker Javier Pastore.

Pastore himself confessed to reporters: “I’d like to go there, but I don’t know what’ll happen.

“Inter could be a solution, but I don’t know what will happen. It’s not an easy decision for me or the club. We’ll see over the next few days and try to reach an agreement.”

Ausilio responded to the revelation, insisting that although Inter would be willing to discuss a possible move for the Argentina international, the club already have a talented squad and may not need him in this transfer window.

Javier Pastore in action for PSG

Ausilio said to Sport Mediaset: “You seem to know more than we do! Of course we are pleased and proud that a player like Pastore sees Inter as an opportunity. I can confirm there has always been a certain ‘feeling’ between Inter and Pastore.

“Having said all of that, there’s a big difference between liking each other and coming together. We have to make numerous evaluations on different levels.

“People forget that Inter already have a strong squad and have brought in Lisandro Lopez and Rafinha this month. We’ll evaluate with the Coach and see if there is the need or possibility of adding another element.”

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William Eldridge