It seemed clear on Monday night that Newcastle were clearly in the driver’s seat to bring 23 year-old Andy Carroll back to Tyneside, and end Andy’s nightmare on Merseyside – well he would leave Newcastle.
Andy Carroll – before he got the number 9 shirt at Newcastle
It’s more than clear that Brendan Rodgers does not view Andy Carroll as part of his future plans at all, and Brendan has said all the right things for Andy to come to the conclusion that he has no future at Liverpool, unless he wants to become a squad player who’ll get a game now and again.
It seems that Andy has already reached that conclusion, and apparently has known about Newcastle’s interest since last Thursday, but of course he’s still on holiday and he’ll return on Wednesday, and the plan is for him to link up with Liverpool next Monday in Boston.
Liverpool only want to sell him this summer, and a loan deal is not on the cards, and Rodgers is hoping a cash deal for Andy will furnish him with further funds to acquire new players before September rolls around.
The Newcastle Evening Chronicle reported a friend of Andy’s saying this yesterday:
“Andy knew three days ago of the interest from Newcastle but has been on holiday.” “He’s been keeping an eye on things though and would love to come back.”
“Like the rest of the Newcastle fans he’s in awe of Papiss Cisse and would love to create what he feels would be a deadly strike-force next season.”
“He’s surprised Liverpool don’t want him anymore and doesn’t want to be where he is not wanted.”
Fulham, Aston Villa and West Ham United are interested in the player, as are AC Milan, and West Ham are said to have already bid £15M, which is probably the upper limit of what Newcastle are willing to bid, to bring Andy back home.
And apparently the Gateshead-born striker has even said he’ll take a wage cut to return to Newcastle, if some reports are to be believed.
According to our poll, with over 6,000 votes in, shows 62% are in favor of Carroll’s return with 26% opposed and the rest still unsure.
Each reader is allowed only one vote so the total vote is not skewed by fans voting multiple times – this is not American Idol. 😀
It does seem all set up for Andy Carroll to return to Tyneside, but we think the biggest problem could well be Newcastle’s unwillingness to meet Liverpool’s demands for Carroll, which are said to be as high as £20M.
And if clubs like West Ham who are already bidding £15M – money they will be borrowing – then it could scuttle the deal for Newcastle.
After all Newcastle got Demba Ba in for a £2M payment to his agent(s), and Papiss Cisse in for around £9M to SC Freiburg, so £15M is what we think is Newcastle’s upper limit on Carroll.
And if other interested clubs are willing to pay more – leaving aside whether they actually have the money or will simply borrow it – then it could scuttle Newcastle’s plans.
There will be more breaking news in coming days on this story, but that’s where we think it all stands very early on Tuesday morning.
What do you think?