Alan Pardew keen to bring Anfield striker back to St James’ Park.
A Liverpool spokesman has denied newspaper reports that Newcastle United are interested in bringing striker Andy Carroll back to St James’ Park in the January transfer window.
Carroll, 23, has struggled for form since joining Liverpool from Newcastle in January 2011 for £35 million, scoring just four goals in 25 Premier League appearances.
The England international’s future at Anfield has been the subject of conjecture, and reports in the Daily Mail on Wednesday have suggested the Magpies are open to re-signing the forward.
Both newspapers claim Newcastle would be willing to offer £10 million for Carroll, which would mean a £25 million loss for the Reds, whose manager Kenny Dalglish has consistently stated the striker has a future on Merseyside.
Let’s say there was an inkling of a chance that Liverpool would consider selling Andy Carroll, and after a less than glorious first year at the club that can not be discounted, would they really every accept an offer as derisory as £10m? Some £25m less than they paid for the England international last January?
Newcastle United may well feel that they could do with some striking support, an issue that will become all the more clearer over the next six weeks when Demba Ba is away on African Nations Cup duty and Alan Pardew has to make do with the less than prolific options of Leon Best, Shola and Sammy Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands for goals, but a move for their former striker seems very unlikely.
Carroll has netted just four goals in 25 Premier League appearances and the next few weeks will be key to the Liverpool man’s development. The 22 year old will be relied upon to make up for the loss of Luis Suarez following his lengthy ban and Kenny Dalglish will be looking to the big forward to prove to everyone that he is a player with the ability to perform at the highest level.
Liverpool have Craig Bellamy, who has done well in recent weeks, and Dirk Kuyt as back-up wide options but the Anfield side may well feel the need to bring in a striker themselves this month and some have linked the Merseyside club with interest in Demba Ba, but given that the Senegal man is away on international duty, a move for the former West Ham man is very unlikely.
No doubt some may put two and two together and speculate that there could be a swap deal in the offing but if Ba is to leave St James’ Park then a move to PSG, his hometown club, is on the cards.