The big news being reported by Sky Sports News tonight is that Newcastle have made a move to get Andy Carroll back on Tyneside, initially on a season long loan deal, with a view to a permanent move back to Newcastle, but it would need to be at a vastly decreased price, from the £35M Newcastle received from Liverpool just 18 months ago for the Gateshead-born striker.
Andy Carroll – when at Newcastle
The new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has already suggested early last week, that he may send Andy out on loan for a season, and with the signing of Italian striker Fabio Borini, it doesn’t seem like Carroll fits in with the new manager’s plans.
West Ham and AC Milan have also been linked with the 6’3″ inch striker, and Carroll himself is keen to remain at Anfield to prove himself, but he may not get that chance.
Sky Sports is reporting that Newcastle have gone in and made a loan offer to get the player back to Tyneside for the coming season.
And with the break-down of the Luuk de Jong talks, this could be an alternative for the Magpies, and a fairly cheap one at that, to get Andy Carroll back to Newcastle for the season, although how much that would cost Newcastle we don’t know, with Andy reportedly being on £75K/week wages.
Carroll’s career has stalled since he went to Liverpool, but the Merseyside club made no efforts under Kenny Dalglish to play to the striker’s strengths, and often when he would come into a game as a sub, one of the wingers who could provide the crosses for him would come out for him. Such was the level of Kenny Dalglish’s tactics at Liverpool.
Sky Sports News is reporting that the loan is accompanied with an offer to buy him back at a specific price, should Newcastle want to take up that option at the end of the loan deal next May.
Manager Alan Pardew did his best to keep the big lad on Tyneside, and he is still a big believer in the youngster, who we think is as good as he ever was when he was starring on Tyneside, and in the year of 2010 scored 25 goals combined for Newcastle in the Championship and the Premier League.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this bid, but if it’s successful the four strikers next season for Newcastle could be Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi, and probably in that pecking order.
We think Newcastle would also be willing to pay what they were willing to pay for de Jong, in order to bring Andy Carroll permanently back to Newcastle, and that would be around £11M, and that would mean a £24M loss to Liverpool on the deal.
And you thought Mike Ashley wasn’t a good businessman? 😀