We had said earlier this week that it would take a bit of a daft bid, for a club to stop Andy Carroll coming back to where he wants to be – back at Newcastle United.
Sam Allardyce – willing to pay big money to land Andy Carroll
Liverpool were said to want £20M for Andy, with Newcastle willing to bring him on a season long loan deal and then make the deal permanent with a £13M offer.
But the news last night was that West Ham have gone on with a bigger bid of £17M to land the big striker, and that is far outbidding Newcastle for the Geordie boy.
It’s not unlike what Newcastle did when they signed Michael Owen back in the summer of 2005, when Liverpool, his former club bid around £9M for Michael, to take him back after only one year at Real Madrid, but Newcastle offered Real Madrid £17M, and they accepted that – and Liverpool and Rafa Benitez were frozen out of the deal.
Of course Michael Owen to Newcastle turned out to be one of the worst deals in Premier League history in retrospect with Michael always injured and he played only 79 times for the Magpies with 30 goals and was paid 110K/week in the process.
Sources cl0se to Andy have said he is very keen to come back home, but if it means sitting on the bench at Liverpool he would obviously be willing to move elsewhere - and maybe to West Ham.
But that will be step down for Andy if indeed West Ham are successful and Liverpool accept the bid, and to be fair West Ham will play to Andy’s strengths - which Liverpool never did, even though they paid a whopping £35M for him.
This would be West Ham’s biggest ever payout for any player, beating the £9m they paid for striker Savio Nsereko just three years ago, and where are they getting the money from, after being in the second division last season – we have no idea.
The advantage Newcastle have is that the will the transfer fee in cash up front, and therefore it could be a better deal for Liverpool even if it’s not as much as West Ham bid for the player, with the transfer fees normally paid out over a number of years.
Carroll is still on tour with Liverpool in America, and we know that former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is urging Andy to move to London and join up with him again, but we could also see other clubs also now come in for Carroll.
But Newcastle are not like they were back in 2005 , when Freddy Shepherd was in control and regularly overpaid for players in transfer fees and wages, and will not pay over the odds for players, and this summer that’s causing all our deals for the top targets to be delayed somewhat.
We don’t think Newcastle will be willing to pay out £17M for Andy, even though the word is that he is desperate to return to his home town club, and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is now in charge of the negotiations with Liverpool.
But the other problem, which it seems West Ham would be willing to meet, is Andy’s £80K/week wages, and Newcastle would offer him maybe £50K/week on a permanent deal.
It still surprises us that clubs are willing to pay huge sums of money on transfer fees, money they simply don’t have – and the sooner the Financial Fair Play Rules of UEFA come into effect, the better it will be for the financial health of some British clubs.
We have seen what’s happened to Glasgow Rangers, and that club has been completely and utterly decimated by their schoolboy financial management over the last several years – apologies to schoolboys everywhere.