There are a number of reports out today that Kevin Nolan is trying to get his big pal, Andy Carroll, to join West Ham on a season-long loan deal at the newly promoted London club, and that might just happen.
Andy Carroll – after signing for Liverpool in February of 2011
Kevin and Andy formed a tight friendship at Newcastle , and of course West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was at Newcastle for six months from the summer of 20007, when Andy was a young up-and-coming 18 year-old striker on Tyneside.
If you believe some of the reports in the papers today, which can be dangerous for your health, new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to send Andy out on loan next season, and maybe even sell the striker, who doesn’t seem to fit in with the new manager’s plans at Liverpool.
So it wouldn’t surprise us if Andy ends up on loan for the season at West Ham, but he will be very costly, with a wage of around £75K/week, which West Ham would need to subsidize, and Andy still four years left on his Liverpool contract.
We saw some reports out today that say Newcastle could may be able to get him back on Tyneside for around £10M, and certainly he would be worth that much to Newcastle, because at least we would play to the lad’s strengths, and bring out the best in him – which Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool never did – let’s be honest.
We don’t think Andy has declined at all since he left Newcastle, and his goal for England against Sweden at Euro 2012 was a classic, and showed Andy great strength, and if gets those crosses coming in, he can put the ball in the back of the net, or set up other strikers with chances.
It seems to us that a return to Newcastle would be a good move for him and would rekindle his career, we’re sure of that, but unfortunately he’s too expensive.
If the fee was as low as £10M, that wouldn’t be the problem for Newcastle, but his high wages would be, and even if Newcastle were willing to pay £10M to get him back on Tyneside, there’s no way Newcastle would pay him anywhere near £75K/week.
And that’s the problem for Andy now – he is a very expensive footballer in terms of wages, and if he doesn’t fit in at Liverpool, he may have to spend the next four years out on loan.
Italian club AC Milan are also said to be expressing an interest, and it would not be unlike the case of Xisco at Newcastle, where the former Deportivo striker just didn’t fit in, and he has been sent out on loan over the last three years to get some playing time, while still picking up his £50K/week wage bill from Newcastle.
It could well be the same for Andy Carroll over the next four years, but it’s not exactly good for Carroll’s career, playing out on loan at a number of different clubs.
Of course he could agree to a move to another club, but it would need to be for a much lower weekly wage, but who does that these days?
Maybe a local lad who wants to come back to Newcastle?
What do you think?