Carroll not returning to Magpies.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has all but admitted defeat in the Toon’s audacious attempt to re-sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, reports the London Evening Standard.
The 23-year-old left St James’ Park for Anfield 18 months ago but has struggled for form on Merseyside and is reportedly not part of new boss Brendan Rodgers’ long-term plans.
The Magpies saw a bid rejected for Carroll last month – an offer described by Rodgers as ‘a liberty’ – but have been encouraged by reports that the hulking striker will only leave Merseyside for a return to Newcastle.
Indeed, Carroll rejected the chance to join West Ham earlier in the summer, after Liverpool accepted an £18m bid from the Londoners.
But asked if Carroll’s arrival was still a possibility, Pardew replied: “Not as far as I’m aware, no.”
It means that the England international is likely to remain at Anfield at least until January.
Carroll has been on the bench for Liverpool’s first two league games against West Brom and Man City but it is understood he is hopeful of forcing his way back into Rodgers’ thoughts.
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