It seems that Liverpool do indeed want to unload Andy Carroll before the summer transfer window runs out on Friday night, and news last night that the Geordie striker has again been offered to both West Ham United and Newcastle United.
Andy Carroll – surplus to requirements at Liverpool
With the very disappointing news that Real Madrid have quickly agreed a fee of just €7M for Mathieu Debuchy of Lille, maybe Newcastle will try to get Andy Carroll through the door before Friday night – but maybe not.
As we reported yesterday new manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, and the news is that Liverpool and Fulham are close to a fee for the American striker, and it seems that Liverpool could also move in for the available Theo Walcott from Arsenal.
But the American owners will need to get some money into the club’s coffers before they pay out maybe as much as £20M for Dempsey and Walcott, and Andy Carroll is one player at Liverpool who could get them somewhere near that figure.
And as we half expected Brendan Rodgers is starting to change his tune on Carroll, as it becomes obvious by the day, the striker has no future at Liverpool, under Brendan Rodgers.
This is what Brendan said last night:
“I don’t think we are in a position to have £35M players as third choice strikers, or wingers who are on £5M-£6M a year. This is the challenge I have.” “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see Andy Carroll has been a cover player for us.”
“He’s been excellent in terms of his attitude and acceptance of where he is at, but as a football club – and I’m talking generically here – the reality is, financially, we need to repair.” “I’m talking in terms of salaries. That’s reality.”
“Unfortunately, it is going to take more than one window. The transition of the squad may take us until next summer.” “Some players here, even though you want to move them on, because of wages and other factors they are not going to just walk out the door. It’s going to take time to build that.”
So Rodgers is finally admitting what most people knew weeks ago, that Carroll would be offloaded to cut the wage bill, and help with the incoming transfers the new Liverpool manager wants to complete before the summer transfer window ends on Friday night.
But good news for Liverpool – Newcastle are willing to pay £13M for the big lad – and Andy is very willing to rejoin Newcastle, his home town club, although the latest news yesterday was that Liverpool now want £17M.
By late Friday night they may have reduced that figure to around £14M, and Newcastle could just about get him through the door very late on Friday.
We think the chances are decent that we can do just that.
But we were really disappointed that Newcastle were unwilling to pay that little bit extra to get Debuchy through the door, so we’ll not be holding our breath – well not too much anyway.
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