News today in The Sun that Tottenham have made direct contact with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, in an attempt to buy Newcatsle’s young 22 year-old local striker Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – Spurs bid initial £22M plus £3M to follow
The London club, whose manager Harry Redknapp said only recently would not be bidding again for Carroll in this transfer window, is said to have contacted Ashley yesterday and offered £22M up front, with £3m to follow.
That’s the story in the Sun, with little more detail than that, but we’d be surprised, in fact we’d be very surprised if Spurs don’ get rebuffed once again – because maybe Newcastle want to create good winning side again themselves.
And while we cannot be certain, it seems that Alan Pardew may have got some promises out of the Newcastle owner, before he signed on as the new manager, that Ashley would not be selling any of Newcastle’s top players, and we seem to have quite a few these days.
Indeed, rumors from the club suggest that Newcastle will soon offer Andy a new improved contract, even though he signed a new 5 year deal last November.
And while Newcastle will not be giving out big fat contracts to every player, like they used to, those who have played well for Newcastle and have earned their deals, will get fat contracts at Newcastle. And we’re talking about players like Barton, Tiote, Enrique and the like.
If the bid is accepted, it would break the London club’s record signing – which was £16.5M paid out for Darren Bent four years ago.
But the player of course was a bust at White Hart Lane, and has only recently joined Aston Villa for more wages than Sunderland were paying him.
How’s that for loyalty?
The other reason this is the big news today, is that the gossip press will not be able to use these headlines again, once Monday night comes aorund, and the transfer window is closed.
And of course it’s a good opportunity to sell some papers, and we expect maybe even Real Madrid or Barcelona are going after Andy (supposedly), but we’ll have to wait for Sunday for that one to possibly roll around.
It could be the first time Spurs have made their interest official to Newcastle, but it just shows what a tremendous player in the making Andy Carroll really is, and why would Newcastle want to sell their top local number 9 striker, who was born and bred on Tyneside?
Andy was in Sweden yesterday, having a specialist look at his troublesome thigh injury, and we’re more interested in what happened after that meeting, than this latest attempt by a big club to sign him.
Andy Carroll has said multiple times that it’s his dream to play only for the famous Newcastle United, so we wonder why these clubs keep making these bids, but again it shows just how good Andy is already.