Newcastle have confirmed they made an offer for their former striker Andy Carroll last night, but it has been rejected out of hand by Liverpool – however there is breaking news in the Evening Chronicle this morning that Andy has told friends he wants to return to Newcastle – to come home.
Andy Carroll when at Newcastle
We thought last night that Newcastle would have some inside information on the Carroll situation, since it would be easy to reach his friends to find out what Andy is really thinking, after Brendan Rodgers seems to have already made up his mind that the big man has no place at Liverpool under his stewardship.
A close friend of Carroll told the Evening Chronicle last night:
“Newcastle are interested – and Andy wants to come home. He’s already told Liverpool that too.” “From a professional point of view Andy is miffed that he wasn’t given the chance to show what he can do in front of new manager Brendan Rodgers.”
“He was expecting to get at least pre-season to show what he could offer him.” “He ended last season on a high and wanted to continue that.”
The news is that Liverpool would prefer to sell Carroll and are not too interested in a loan deal, and of course they will want to get back as much of the £35M as possible that they shelled out to Newcastle for the striker a short 18 months ago, with the advice of then manager Kenny Dalglish.
We thought the Magpies would be willing to pay out around £11M – the amount they were willing to spend on Luuk de Jong – to bring Andy Carroll back to Tyneside, but West Ham are also interested in signing the player and there are even reports today that West Ham will bid £15M for Andy, which we think is too high for Newcastle.
However, Newcastle as we all know these days, pay out their transfers in cool cash up front, and that’s always an advantage to Newcastle in any transfer deal. Kevin Nolan is at West Ham, and we suppose he’s doing his best to get his pal down to Upton Park.
It seems that new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is taking this opportunity of unloading Andy Carroll up front, since he was not responsible for bringing him into the club, and it seems that signing Italian Fabio Borini, the deal is almost complete, that Andy Carroll will be down the pecking order at Liverpool next season.
If Andy stays at the club, then there will be an onus on Brendan to get some value out of the Gateshead-born striker, so for the new manager now’s the time to get him out of Liverpool, if he cannot use him in his plans.
As usual with Newcastle, their initial bid was low, the loan offer was thought to pay some of Andy’s £75K/week wages and in one paper, the report is they would pay £12M in cash next May, if they took up the option to bring Andy back to Tyneside.
And in our poll, 61% of fans want Andy back at Newcastle, with almost 4,000 votes already in, and that’s not exactly overwhelming support, as some headlines would have you believe today – that Geordie fans are just dying to have their striker back on Tyneside.
It makes a great story, even though it’s not exactly true.