Date: 26th July 2019 at 8:30am
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OPINION

Slowly but surely, the wheels are beginning to turn on Tyneside. 

Make no mistake, United are still a club who are teetering on the edge, and the unrest that marked the earlier parts of this summer will not, and should not, dissipate overnight, but at the very least, it would appear that are making some moves in the market.

Joelinton arrived from Hoffenheim earlier in the week, and according to Football Insider, the Magpies look set to make youngster their second signing of the summer in the immediate future.

More is still needed, however, and chief amongst Steve Bruce’s priorities for the rest of the window must be the addition of another striker.

Salomon Rondon and hit 23 Premier League strikes between them last term, over half of the Magpies’ 42 goal tally.

Both have left the club, and replacing them will be no easy task.

Joelinton should be a smart acquisition in that sense, but he is unproven in the Premier League, and if Army are smart, they will turn to tried and tested talent to help ease the Brazilian’s goalscoring burden.

And they don’t come much more tried and tested than .

The England international has 77 goals in 218 Premier League appearances, as well as top flight title and two Champions Leagues.

The 29-year-old is a free agent since leaving earlier this summer, and has been touted as a possible solution to United’s striking issues by local outlet the Chronicle. 

Sturridge may not have been at his best recently, but even last he managed 1.4 shots on target per 90 minutes for the Reds, as well as 1.4 key passes [Whoscored].

Sturridge is still a player with a lot to offer, and bearing in mind he is available on a free, snapping him up would be a real coup.