SERIE B champions Benevento want Daniel Sturridge as the former Liverpool striker rebuilds his career after a ban for breaching betting rules.
The ambitious Italians have turned to the Trabzonspor free agent and ex-England star after one-time Chelsea frontman Loic Remy failed a medical.
Former Chelsea and Manchester City ace Sturridge, 30, was "devastated" to be given a four-month suspension from playing in March.
His initial punishment last summer of a six-week ban including four suspended, was upgraded when the FA appealed against the findings of an independent commission.
Sturridge's fine was also doubled to £150,000, with Trabzonspor cancelling his contract by mutual consent the same day.
But now he is eligible to play again and The Mail report Benevento president Oreste Vigorito as saying: "Sturridge would be an honour for any Italian team."
Benevento manager, former Juventus and AC Milan forward Pippo Inzaghi, is reportedly keen to make experienced signings.
Inzaghi knows the Campania-based club need strengthening after they finished bottom in their only other previous season in Serie A, 2017-18.
And ex-Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, 35, now with Napoli, is among the other names linked with the top-flight newcomers.
Llorente, 35, won 24 Spain caps and spent a season with Swansea.
Remy, though, seems out of contention after failing his fitness test.
The 33-year-old Lllie ace was in England from 2013-16, at QPR and Stamford Bridge, plus loan spells with Crystal Palace and Newcastle.
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