'We put in another offer but that was declined so we won't be going back. We've not got much headroom to negotiate and I'm disappointed.'>>Mark Hughes.
It had all gone very quiet on the Sturridge contract front of late prior to the Hughes's comments. They don't appear to offer much hope in terms of getting a deal done, and it appears that the situation hasn't progressed from previous negotiations.
It seems as if the club have gone as far as they are prepared to do, and whatever offer has been made is deemed unsuitable by Sturridge and his representatives. It it also slightly disappointing given Sturridge's comments this week in which he heaped praise on the Academy after being named young player of the year.
I know the argument has been put forward that given our riches, why can't we just offer up what he wants and have done with it, but you cannot help but feel that Sturridge is being more than unreasonable. Let's not forget (putting his talent and potential aside) that here is a young player who hasn't had a huge impact on the senior side as yet, so is he right be demanding parity with the likes of Ireland and those former Academy players who have established themselves?
One thing that I'm struggling to understand with the negotiations (from Sturridge's perspective) is say he does leave the club in the summer, how likely will he actually be to get an offer from a side that is on par or better than the one we have put on the table?
Truth be told there are very few clubs that will be putting a long term offer in the region of £75,000 on the table for an untested teenager, and if there are clubs with those resources (likely a top four side) will he be better off in terms of playing time and development than he will be with ourselves?
It is a dilemna though, because as correct as our stance is, if indeed Sturridge does walk away, there is always the danger of his vast potential being realised elsewhere, and that would be a terrible loss on our part.
I'm still hopeful he signs though, and despite the negativity surrounding the situation, do still think it the likely outcome as opposed to Sturridge lining up elsewhere next season and beyond.