Chelsea could loan Sturridge to Liverpool – Friday’s Rumour Round-up

Chelsea are prepared to let Daniel Sturridge join Liverpool on a season-long loan provided they are succesful in their bid for Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle.

The European Champions are hoping a bid of £20 million will be enough to secure the highly rated 21-year-old’s signature before Friday’s 11pm deadline. The Germany international’s arrival at Stamford Bridge would then allow Sturridge to leave and link up with Brendan Rodgers at Anfield to replace Andy Carroll following his loan switch to West Ham last night. Guardian

Spurs lining up last ditch Moutinho swoop – Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has been told he must smash the clubs transfer record to land Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho before the transfer deadline. Villas-Boas is desperate to sign the Portugal international as a replacement for the recently departed Luka Modric were locked in advanced discussions with Porto on Thursday night. He has been told that a bid of £30 million, which will smash Spurs record outlay, will bring the midfielder to White Hart Lane. Daily Mail

Villa closing in on shock Dempsey deal – Aston Villa have emerged as surprise frontrunners to sign Clint Dempsey after they agreed a fee with Fulham for the want-away midfielder. The United States international is desperate to leave Craven Cottage and has desires on a move to Liverpool but it’s Villa who’ve made the first move after tabling a £7 million bid. It’s unclear whether Dempsey will travel to the West Midlands for talks considering he prefers a move to Anfield. Sporting Life

Ferguson hints at Berbatov joining Spurs – Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested Dimitar Berbatov could be set for a stunning return to former club Tottenham on deadline day. The Bulgarian striker will leave Manchester United today and looked set for a move to Fulham after agreeing terms and undergoing a medical at Craven Cottage. However, Ferguson claims that Spurs are still in the running to land the 31-year-old’s signature and could pull off a deal saying his switch to the Cottagers has yet to be finalised. Sporting Life

Benayoun lined with West Ham return – Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun has revealed via twitter that he could be set for a return to West Ham United. The 32-year-old is surplus to requirements at Chelsea and is reportedly keen to leave Stamford Bridge before the transfer deadline with the Hammers one of two Premier League clubs chasing a loan deal for him with Benayoun saying: “I can confirm that I’m in talks with two Premier League clubs about a loan move.” Express