St James’ Park boss keen on Anfield man.
Andy Carroll offered Liverpool escape route back to Newcastle
Alan Pardew has opened the door for Andy Carroll to make a sensational return to Newcastle, just a year after selling him to Liverpool for £35million.
The Magpies boss has seen his former striker struggle for goals since making his switch to Anfield last January, and suggested he’d be willing to re-sign the big Geordie if he ever became available.
He said: ‘You never want to lose great players and we never wanted to lose Andy. I’d take him back if I had the chance.
‘If the fee offered by Liverpool had not been so high, he’d still be here.’
It’s fairly odd for a manager to state so categorically his ambition to re-sign a former player and Alan Pardew makes this statement on the eve of a match between his Newcastle United side and Andy Carroll’s Liverpool.
Clearly any intention Pardew has to sign Carroll would depend on Liverpool considering selling the England man, which seems hugely unlikely even though the youngster has failed to make an impact in his first year at the Merseyside club, during which the striker has managed just five goals in 28 appearances.
Kenny Dalglish will be looking to the 22 year old to get his game back on track as Luis Suarez is likely to miss a large chunk of the rest of the Premier League campaign through suspension, indeed the Uruguayan is out of tonight’s fixture due to his inappropriate gesture to Fulham fans earlier this month.
Liverpool do not have a wealth of attacking options with the only other alternatives coming the shape of veterans Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy, both of whom have been far more effective out wide.
Newcastle United will find themselves in a similar position during much of January and February as their main striking threat, Demba Ba, will be away at the African Nations Cup leaving Pardew to cope with the strikers he has in his squad. The likes of Shola and Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best may give their all but are not the most prolific options leaving the Mapgies boss having to find a new option up front.
Indeed Pardew is wary of bringing in players during the January transfer window, when prices go sky high but any talk of a move to bring back Andy Carroll are sure to fail to amount to anything.