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Kevin Phillips has urged West Brom to avoid re-signing free agent Daniel Sturridge after the striker was linked with a shock return to The Hawthorns.

According to football news website 90min, the Baggies have reached out to Sturridge, who’s been without a club since leaving Trabzonspor just over a year ago.

Sheffield United have also been in touch while intermediaries have offered the former Chelsea and Liverpool man to Newcastle.

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Sturridge’s injury issues are well documented and Phillips believes that, plus Mbaye Diagne’s impressive start to life in the Black Country, are good enough reasons to give the former Albion loanee a wide berth.

“It’s getting to the point now where it’s almost impossible to stay in the league so do you bring a player in who’s going to demand a decent wage when you’ve got no realistic chance of staying up? It’s a gamble,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“Sturridge has been out of the league for a while so, in my opinion, I wouldn’t go there. He’s injury-prone, what if he comes and gets injured?

“I’d personally just go with what you’ve got with Diagne there and [Grady] Diangana’s coming back soon.”

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It would be sheer lunacy for West Brom to try and sign Sturridge.

Not only as the striker been without a club for a year, but he’s also tried and tested at West Brom.

Albion signed Sturridge on loan from Liverpool in January 2018 and the injury-prone attacker managed to make a grand total of six appearances for the club.

Signing him was a complete waste of time and money as the Baggies suffered relegation to the Championship.

If we want to ensure we get relegated and waste even more money then sure, let’s sign him up again.

But if we’re serious about trying to stay in this league then there’s absolutely no way the club should be considering him.

In other West Brom news, Albion have frozen out this player but it’s not for sporting reasons.

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