There is news in the Telegraph today, that Newcastle will attempt to sign Geordie striker Andy Carroll for just £7M this summer, which is £10M less than what Liverpool are asking, and only 20% (1/5) of what Newcastle got for Andy, when they sold him to Liverpool for £35M just over two years ago.
Andy Carroll – could return to Newcastle this summer
Certainly Andy’s star has fallen a lot since he left the Magpies, as often seems to happen when Newcastle players leave, and it’s happened to players like Shay Given, Michael Owen, Joey Barton and others recently.
The other news is that Andy is too expensive for West Ham, because of the Financial Fair Play Rules that are being introduced in Europe, but maybe not at just £7M.
West Ham still have first refusal for Andy, but Liverpool’s asking price of £17M is simply too unrealistic, and they’ll never get that for their striker.
It is thought that Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias will put in an initial bid of £7M, but it doesn’t seem like there will be many clubs coming after Andy, but of course that could soon change.
One reason the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants Andy back at Newcastle, is that we have scored only one goal from a corner this season, and that was Demba Ba’s hand ball at Reading on 29th September, and there are over 250 corners from which we have failed to score since that time.
Newcastle seem confident they can get Andy back on Tyneside, because the 24 year-old is said to be very keen to return to his home town club, and of course Newcastle will use his abilities, much like Chris Hughton did when he was the Newcastle manager.
The Telegraph thinks that Andy’s wages may be a problem – he’s on £80K/week at Liverpool – but we doubt Andy will quibble too much with what Newcastle offer him, since he will have had 30 months of a sky-high wage while at the Reds.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the summer, but we hope that Andy is not the only striker to arrive at Newcastle, since we need more players than Papiss Cisse, who can score the goals, and we still need to replace Demba Ba.
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