Anfield flop set for St James’ Park return.
Liverpool misfit Carroll edges closer to Newcastle return with Europe target
England striker Andy Carroll will only leave Liverpool for a club which can provide him with European football.
The 23-year-old is keen to stay at Liverpool and prove himself to new manager Brendan Rodgers, but is coming to terms with the fact that he might not be required at Anfield.
However, with former club Newcastle and West Ham among the clubs to have been linked with him since Rodgers indicated that he could be surplus to requirements, Press Association Sport understands that the £35million man is not prepared to move on anyone’s terms but his own.
Carroll wants to stay and prove himself on Merseyside, but if he has to go, it will only be to a club which can offer him the lure of European action.
Newcastle, of course, can do just that following their fifth-placed Barclays Premier League finish last season, but the Hammers, who have reportedly made a club record bid, cannot.
Rodgers is beginning to remodel his squad and while he insists there is no chance of Carroll leaving Liverpool on loan, he admits the Reds will consider any offers they receive for the forward.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
It does appear that Liverpool are very much open to the possible sale of striker Andy Carroll as Brendan Rodgers looks to put his stamp on the Anfield squad he inherited.
The arrival of Fabio Borini would presumably put an obstacle between the England man and a regular first team spot, as the Italian is seemingly considered a strike partner for first choice starer Luis Suarez, arguably Liverpool’s only effective attacking option last term.
Newcastle United have already made their interest known and they certainly lead the chase ahead of an ambitious West Ham side who do have the ability to offer the 23 year old the chance to re-unite with former team-mate and good friend, Kevin Nolan.
However the lack of European football and the very real chance that the Hammers, who do not possess an abundance of talent, could be facing a relegation battle this coming season.
Having spent £35m on Carroll just 18 months ago it seems unlikely that the Merseyside club would accept offers of less than £20m and a lot depends on whether the Magpies are ready to pay such a price for their former forward, especially given they have Senegal strike pair Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to call upon.
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