WEST HAM are favourites to sign Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, according to the bookies.
The Mirror claim Sturridge is ready to leave Liverpool in January after falling down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.
The England international has started just five games in the Premier League this season and his only goals have come in the EFL Cup.
And bookmakers Ladbrokes have responded to the speculation by pricing West Ham as 7/2 favourites to become Sturridge’s next club.
The Hammers are reportedly in the market for a new striker, with summer recruits Andre Ayew, Ashley Fletcher, Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri all yet to score this term.
But there is likely to be a tug-of-war for Sturridge’s signature with seven Premier League rivals also in the running.
Ladbrokes believe Tottenham (4/1), Arsenal (9/2), Chelsea (6/1), Stoke (6/1), Manchester United (6/1), Everton (7/1) and Manchester City (10/) will also be interested.
North London rivals Spurs and Arsenal signed strikers Vincent Janssen and Lucas Perez in the summer respectively but could enter the market again as both are yet to find their feet in the Premier League.
While Sturridge could return to one of his former clubs Chelsea or Man City.
The 27-year-old rose through the youth ranks at Man City before leaving in 2009 for Chelsea, who are currently sweating over the fitness of star striker Diego Costa.
Man United and Everton could also offer Sturridge a way out of Anfield but the transfer would not be well receive from either set of fans due to their rivalry with Liverpool.
A Ladbrokes spokesman said: “The race is on to snap-up Sturridge and the odds suggest the Anfield hierarchy can expect an almighty tug-of-war to decide his next destination.
“And it’s West Ham who lead the way in the race for the striker’s services with the bookies offering 7/2 about Sturridge swapping Anfield for the London Stadium.
“However, a move across Merseyside isn’t completely ruled out with 7/1 available for a controversial switch to Everton while it’s 10/1 for a shock return to Man City.”