Liverpool and Inter have agreed a deal for Daniel Sturridge, but there's one thing holding it back
Inter need to make space for Sturridge.
Inter Milan and Liverpool have reached 'practically total agreement' on a deal that will see Daniel Sturridge join the Italian club on loan until the end of the season, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
However, there is an obstacle that Inter must overcome to make the move happen: they must find a home for Eder.
The 31-year-old has fallen out of favour, hence Inter's pursuit of Sturridge, but but if he doesn't leave there will be no space made available for the Liverpool forward.
Eder was linked with a move to Crystal Palace, who were reportedly hoping to pay a €2m loan fee before signing the Italy international on a permanent basis for €8m in the summer. However, it became clear that Inter had no interest in this sort of deal and want to sell him this January. That deal has fallen through and Inter are still searching for suitors.
Calcio Mercato reported that Eder was hoping for a move to Zenit St. Petersburg, where he would reunite with coach Roberto Mancini and be able to compete for titles, but Zenit have not been able to meet Inter's demands.
Once Eder finds a club with whom Inter are willing to do business, Sturridge's loan move should go through if Gazzetta's reports that the clubs have agreed a deal regarding a loan move prove to be true.
The Italian newspaper also report that the loan deal could involve an obligation to sign Sturridge permanently for between €15-18m in the summer.