White Hart Lane boss ready to smash transfer record for St James’ Park youngster.
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Tottenham are prepared to smash transfer records to land Andy Carroll.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy are refusing to take “no” for an answer as they step up their £30million bid to prise the 22 year-old England international away from Newcastle.
The Toon dressing room is awash with talk that Spurs will make their move for Carroll this week.
Previous attempts to interest Toon owner Mike Ashley with cash plus players such as Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane were rebuffed.
Sources close to Ashley have insisted the club will not cash in on Carroll at any price.
But Spurs plan to put that statement to the test.
The north London club are clearing the decks for a massive cash bid that could even exceed the previous highest fee for an English striker – the £25.6million Manchester United paid Everton for Wayne Rooney in 2004.
Spurs hope to use the cash from Keane’s £6m sale to bolster their bid for 22-year-old Carroll, who has scored 11 goals this season. And if Keane agrees to join Spurs loanee David Bentley at Birmingham it will free up the cash to almost double Carroll’s wages. (Daily Mirror)
Will this bid tempt Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley into selling the club’s prized asset? There must be a certain amount of apprehension from Magpies fans that he may take the money, such is Ashley’s ability to do exactly what the club’s supporters don’t want him to do.
Alan Pardew has made it clear that he has no intentions of selling the England international so the fee that Tottenham are willing to pay shouldn’t enter into it, although clearly we are talking about one hell of an offer for a very young player.
Carroll has been in explosive form this term and is now a crucial part of the Toon Army’s attacking plans and a big part of their future and whilst some may say that the amount offered by Harry Redknapp could be invested wisely to bring in two or three players one should not underestimate the potential of the 22 year old Gateshead born talent.
Spurs need a striker, the selection that Redknapp has to pick from at present is proving massively ineffective , especially in Premier League action and the North London club knows they can not afford to overly depend on their firepower coming from their midfield, hence their willingness to make such a large offer for the Newcastle United striker who has netted 11 goals in 18 starts this season.
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