We reported last night that West Ham had agreed terms with Liverpool to take Andy Carroll on loan for the season, with an option of a permanent deal next May.
Andy Carroll – reports that he is ready to reject West Ham move
However, Andy has said he wants to join a club who are playing in Europe, and now looks set to reject any move to West Ham, and that will not put him in very good stead with his club Liverpool.
And not only that, but sources close to Andy are now saying he will only leave Liverpool to go back home to Newcastle – so those are the two options – he’ll either stay at Liverpool or go out on loan to Newcastle.
When the news broke on a West Ham deal last night, we noticed the Evening Chronicle rushed out a report to say that Andy still wanted to come to Newcastle, and would probably turn down the move to West Ham, and if this news is true that Andy will reject the deal, it would not be too surprising.
And today a report in ESPN quotes the following from a source at West Ham United:
“Sadly we have a deal in place with Liverpool, but the player does not want to come permanently at this time.”
On the other hand, we just cannot see Newcastle paying what West Ham have offered for the Geordie striker, a £2M loan fee and a £17M transfer fee, if the Hammers want to take Andy full time next May.
And reports in the Mirror that Newcastle will get money from the deal sounds a little strange – and they say Newcastle have a sell-on clause where they get a percentage of the fee – but these kinds of deals only become real when the player is moved on for more than he was bought for – in other words more than £35M – which will not be the case.
That’s to protect a selling club of a top talent, in case the player becomes great at the new club and then is moved on for a huge fee, and almost the opposite is true with big Andy.
And for a newly promoted club with little money to spend, or so you would assume that to be the case, for the Hammers to spend all this money on just one player seems strange if not reckless, and why aren’t they using that money to strengthen other parts of their team to ensure they can stay up next season?
Another report in the Daily Mail today is that Newcastle will move in with a new bid, but there’s no proof of that, and it just seems that’s one thing that could happen, and it seems like a glorified guess to us.
It’s hard to know what the situation really is, but if Carroll has told Newcastle he will resist any moves other than back to Newcastle – that would kind of explain what’s going on at the moment.
Liverpool will not be happy with this stance, so we’ll have to see what happens, but Newcastle will not overpay to bring the striker back home, that’s almost a cast iron certainty.