Daniel Sturridge is replacing Wayne Rooney at DC United, according to reports.

Jurgen Klopp decides to release the 29-year-old Sturridge has been linked to Aston Villa after his six-year spell with Liverpool.

The Striker is still a free agent more than two months after leaving Anfield, United Kingdom, United States radar as they prepare for the exit of Rooney, who wants to join Derby County at the end of the MLS season.

The former Manchester United and Everton will be up and running with Championship side in January in a player-coach role.

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According to ESPN, DC have stumbled upon it as a direct replacement.

Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor thus have been linked with Sturridge, as well as clubs in Spain, Italy and France in the form of Real Betis, Bologna, Marseille.

Sturridge recently fined £ 75,000 for breaching rules in relation to betting. Leaving Sturridge free to resume his football career.

The Birmingham-born striker was on Coventry City at the age of 11 and later Manchester City.

Last year at Chelsea in 2012 – a feat he matched with Liverpool last term – and became an England regular.

His partnership with Luis Suarez at Liverpool in 2013/14 – dubbed the 'SAS' – Premier League title to Anfield.

However, over the past few years Sturridge's career has been blighted by injuries. Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Divock Origi the German's preferred options in attack.

Boss boss Dean Smith was knocked down in Wesley Moraes in the summer to win his options in attack, the striker arriving in a club-record £ 22m move from Club Brugge.