The news on Andy Carroll today, that Newcastle are willing to offer Liverpool £18M for the 23 year-old Geordie striker, is a little hard to believe.
Andy Carroll – thinks – how can I get back to Newcastle?
We like Andy, and believe he’s as good a player as when he left Newcastle eighteen months ago, but we should not pay that much – if that what it takes to bring him back to Newcastle.
And some news over the weekend that Newcastle would only sign the lad if Demba Ba leaves before his release clause runs out on Wednesday is simply untrue, and Newcastle still need to bring in another striker this summer.
Our choice would be 20 year-old Swedish striker John Guidetti of Manchester City, if Newcastle can get him for around £7M.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is closely monitoring Carroll’s situation at Liverpool, and the news today is that sources at the club have said Newcastle are willing to bid up to £18m to bring the big lad home.
But Andy Carroll isn’t worth that much.
West Ham are trying hard to sign the striker, even though Carroll’s sources let it be known one criteria he has, if he joins a club on loan, is they are in European competition, and of course Andy would get that at Liverpool if he stays, so it seems a fair enough request.
It also very conveniently knocks West Ham out of the reckoning, but sources close to Andy have made it clear he wants to come home to Newcastle.
West Ham are said to have bid £2M for a loan deal for Andy next season, with the option of then buying him for £14M next May, and if that’s what it takes to bring Andy home, Newcastle should let West Ham have him.
It would be good to get Carroll back to Tyneside for next season that’s true, but not if we have to pay over the odds for him.
We don’t want to make the same mistake Liverpool made eighteen months ago, and over pay for him, and there are some decent young strikers out there who could be brought in for less than half of what Andy would cost – and that could be the better option.
That’s what we think – what do you think about this?
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