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Newcastle United Launch Official Bid to Sign Liverpool Striker Andy Carroll

Anfield forward set for St James’ Park return?

Newcastle have made a bid to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll on loan, with a view to a permanent move.

New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said he could loan Carroll out, suggesting the 23-year-old would not be part of his Anfield plans.

And Newcastle want to bring back a player they sold to the Reds for £35m in January 2011.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

So this has been on the cards. Alan Pardew has been actively looking to bring in a striker, whether because he fears a possible exit for either Demba Ba or Papiss Cisse or simply to beef up numbers. The latter seems more likely given that both Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best have left St James’ Park in recent weeks.

Brendan Rodgers has publicly stated his readiness to consider loaning out the England international and whether such a move would lead to a permanent exit is perhaps dependent on how Liverpool manage without the 23 year old forward.

Liverpool spent £35m on Carroll almost 18 months ago and the forward has struggled to come close to justifying that fee and perhaps a return to the North-East will suit all parties. One wonders how the Toon Army will take to the return of their former marksman, who have probably not forgotten the hilarious dive he performed when the two sides met last term.

Andy Carroll was successful at Newcastle United though, notching up 31 goals in 80 appearances before he left in January 2011. At Liverpool the Gateshead born youngster has managed just six goals in 42 Premier League matches but did show signs of improvement towards the end of the last campaign.

If Liverpool were to sell Carroll back to Newcastle United they would surely demand a fairly hefty fee, surely in excess of half the amount they paid the Magpies, but will Mike Ashley sanction such an outlay?


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