Anfield side ready to sell St James’ Park target.
Liverpool have told Newcastle that they will have to stump up £17million in cash if they want to bring Andy Carroll back to Tyneside this summer.
New Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to offload the England striker, but only club can recuperate a sizeable chunk of the £35m they paid for him in January 2011.
Newcastle Chronicle sources are told that Liverpool are not prepared to let Carroll leave on loan, but they are prepared to take a loss on the 23-year-old to offload him.
Rodgers has brought in Fabio Borini from Roma to compete with Luis Suarez for a starting place, and with the Northern Irishman likely to play with just one up front, Carroll’s first-team opportunities will be limited.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is keen to bolster his squad as the Magpies prepare to compete in the Europa League, but it is unknown whether the club would be willing to pay the £17m for Carroll when they already have Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba on their books.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
As this source correctly points out, there seems little reason for Alan Pardew to invest £17m in Andy Carroll, even if such a fee would represent less than half the fee they received from Liverpool 18 months ago. Whilst the Magpies may be keen on bringing the 23 year old back to St James’ Park any move to do so would presumably be something of a back-up option as Newcastle United have Senegalese pair Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba to count upon for goals.
Whilst Carroll has been a flop at Liverpool he did show sign of improvement towards the end of the last campaign but is clearly not a player who is likely to figure in Brendan Rodgers plans. The big forward doesn’t fit with the Northern Irishman’s style of play and as evidenced by the Merseyside club’s willingness to accept an earlier offer from West Ham, clearly the former Swansea City boss is keen to offload the Gateshead born forward.
Having brought in Fabio Borini, and with Luis Suarez the club’s most effective attacking options, Carroll may have to prepare for a season on the bench unless he does indeed secure a move elsewhere. That likely lack of regular first team action could well then impact on his national team hopes, which again had picked up of late.
Mike Ashley is very unlikely to sanction such a bid for Carroll, even if Pardew did request he did so, and therefore the big forward may be set for some time in limbo.
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