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Former Liverpool player Daniel Sturridge is edging closer to a move to Turkish club Trabzonspor, sources have told ESPN FC.

The Black Sea-based side have made Sturridge an improved offer worth approximately €2-3 million including bonuses.

Sturridge’s mother and uncle — who also acts as his agent — travelled to Istanbul on Thursday and will arrive to Trabzon on Friday where club officials will show them around the region and hold advanced talks.

The club had trouble convincing the England international into relocating to Trabzon in their last round of talks but feel they are in a stronger position following the end of the Premier League transfer window last week.

The “Black Sea Storm” are confident that they will be able to sign Sturridge and expect the move to go ahead over the next few days unless he receives a better offer elsewhere. Sturridge,29, was holding out for a Premier League side to make a move but he received no offers from England.

Trabzonspor face competition Super Lig rivals Basaksehir, but the Istanbul-based side are only prepared to pay Sturridge €1 million per year due to his injury record and off-the-field issues. Sturridge picked up a short ban for a breach of betting regulations but is able to play football again after serving his suspension.

Sturridge has also held talks with MLS team D.C. United but the club also has had concerns over his injuries. 

Sturridge has spent his entire career on the books of Premier League clubs, playing for the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. He has also had loan stints with Bolton Wanders and West Bromwich Albion.

He has been part of two UEFA Champions League-winning sides, the first in 2010-11 with Chelsea and then last season with Liverpool. He was also part of Chelsea’s league-winning campaign in 2009-10. All told he has made 306 appearances at club level, scoring 105 goals.

At the international level, Sturridge has made 26 appearances for England, scoring eight goals. He was part of England squads at the 2012 Olympics, the 2014 World Cup, and Euro 2016.

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