Since Newcastle’s bid last night to take Andy Carroll on loan was immediately turned down by Liverpool, it doesn’t say that Newcastle will not be back in for the Tyneside youngster.
Andy Carroll - on his way home?
And there are reports today that Newcastle have followed up their loan bid, with a straight cash offer of £13M for the 6’3″ Gateshead-born striker, to take him permanently back to Newcastle.
And while that’s still £22M less than Kenny Dalglish forked out for the 23 year-old a short 18 months ago, it may be good enough for Liverpool to accept the offer.
It’s been a bad deal for Liverpool all around, whichever way you look at it, and we note that Dalglish is no longer the Liverpool manager.
It even makes some of the deals that Freddy Shepherd made during his time as Chairman of Newcastle, when he threw money around, actually look good, if not great.
The fact that Andy Carroll is making it clear to anybody who wants to listen, that he’s more than keen to come back home, may well persuade Liverpool to end their adventure with the Geordie.
That’s even though they will lose a staggering £22M in the process, and it looks like Andy will not even be given the chance to prove himself, under new manager Brendan Rodgers.
And that £22M that Newcastle will pocket, was used to bring in Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse, and Newcastle will still have around £9M left over – if they bring Andy back for £13M.
The Newcastle bid is in cool cash, and while there is news that West Ham have bid £15M, that fee will be paid over a number of years.
And why would Andy want to go to the Hammers – if Newcastle, 5th top last season in the Premier League and in the Europa League - are beckoning? Why indeed.
And while we can never be sure how Andy will perform if he does arrives back on Tyneside, we’ve got enough confidence in manager Alan Pardew and the local coaches – fellow Geordie lads John Carver and Steve Stone – to believe that Newcastle will again be able to bring the very best out of the Gateshead-born striker.
After all, he didn’t look too bad when he played for England last month, and that goal he scored against Sweden was just a classic goal.
To be truthful - that goal reminded me of one I scored in Walker Park when I was just 10 years old, the only difference being that mine went in just a little bit faster than Andy’s.