We’ve been wondering lately whether Newcastle are still interested in signing Andy Carroll back from Liverpool, and news in the Evening Chronicle today suggests that Newcastle may have to pay much more than they have offered, to get the Gateshead-born striker back to Newcastle.
Andy Carroll – only wants to join Newcastle United
The paper is reporting that sources on Merseyside have said that the current loan offer for Andy that Newcastle tabled about four weeks ago, will not be enough to get the Geordie lad back to Newcastle.
Well we kind of knew that, but it seems that Liverpool are letting Newcastle know if they come back in with that same offer, maybe on 31st August, it will be turned down – again.
The Daily Mirror are reporting that Liverpool want £17M for him – no chance.
But it appears that Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew are still keen on bringing Andy home, but Liverpool have a problem with Andy, and if they keep him on Merseyside and don’t play him much they will be rightly criticized.
If they are not going to use Andy then they owe it to the player, who is currently starting in the England side, and is a much better footballer than he’s been given credit for, to let him play at some other club, and with Andy letting everybody know that the only club he will leave Liverpool for is Newcastle United, than that gives us some good leverage with the deal.
We still think Newcastle could go in for Andy on the last day of the transfer window, and Liverpool will then have a decision to make – the ball will be in their court so to speak.
And if they refuse Newcastle’s offer there is a downside, and that is Andy could be on the bench at least through January, and the club will be seen to be not playing fair with Carroll, who by all accounts is being a model professional at Liverpool.
Newcastle have a pretty good hand to play to get Andy back home, but Ashley will definitely not overpay to get him back.
It seems that Newcastle have bid around £13M to bring him back for a season long loan deal, and then with an option to buy him back next summer, but we don’t think we should, and don’t think we will go much above that £13M figure.
So that’s the current situation, but it does seem like Newcastle still have an interest in getting Andy back, and in the negotiating game, could have put themselves into a decent position – with Andy’s help.
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