PUNTERS tried to put bets of as much as £5,000 on Daniel Sturridge becoming a member of West Brom, SunSport has discovered.
Based on reviews, the Liverpool striker, 29, was a large 66-1 with Paddy Energy to make the swap.
However that was slashed to only 5-2 lower than 24 hours earlier than his transfer from Anfield to the Baggies on January 29.
The England star faces two FA fees — one breach of the legal guidelines in relation to betting on soccer and one other cost which covers info “obtained by advantage of his place” and “not publicly obtainable”.
SunSport has been advised by betting sources that bookies grew to become extremely suspicious after they acquired telephone calls asking for a worth on Sturridge going to the Midlands outfit.
Fifteen days earlier than the previous Chelsea star signed for Albion, the then Premier League membership weren’t even quoted within the betting checklist.
Merseyside rivals Everton and Turkish facet Besiktas have been 33-1, Newcastle and Inter Milan 16s, West Ham Three-1 and Southampton have been 5-2 favourites.
It’s understood one punter even dropped his tried £5,000 wager down to only £30 when a bookmaker insisted that was all they have been ready to simply accept.
A bookie advised us: “We get suspicious about specialist bets like this when punters need to wager £20 not to mention £5,000.”
Sturridge has been given till 6pm on November 20 to reply to the fees, which relate to the interval of January 2018.
Liverpool launched a press release on Monday and Sturridge categorically denies the fees.