The Goal.com have transmitted the words of Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has announced his desire to bring Paris Saint-Germain outcast, Javier Pastore, closing the door for Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool's Danny Ings was another target but Sturridge's exit means he will be staying at Anfield.
Newcastle United are pushing Liverpool to let them take Daniel Sturridge on-loan and are hopeful, as they look to solve their striker shortage.
Inter have been heavily linked with a move for Sturridge and the striker is thought to be interested in a move to Italy.
The 28-year-old is reportedly in line to spend the rest of the season at the Hawthorns.
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It not only bolsters Alan Pardew's options up front but also adds a wealth of experience to his side ahead of the second half of the season.
Earlier in the month, he had also attracted interest from overseas, with Internazionale and Sevilla both said to have looked at signing him.
The 28-year-old England worldwide has struggled for regular starts this season, with Roberto Firmino firmly established as Liverpool's favoured option at centre-forward under Jurgen Klopp. Though he's been blighted with injuries. The Times reported that a move to St James' Park had appeared close, only for the player not to travel to Tyneside as was expected.
How will Sturridge fare on his return to the Midlands?