Sam Allardyce has confirmed his top priority in the summer is to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, and West Ham have started talks with Liverpool about the striker, who was recalled to the England squad last week.
Andy Carroll – West Ham in talks with Liverpool to sign him
Andy has been on loan all season at West Ham and he’s done reasonably well there, especially in the second half of the season, and in 23 appearances he’s scored 7 goals for the Hammers, who finished in 10th place on 46 points.
There’s no new news other than West have started negotiations, and Liverpool still want £17M for the striker – but they are just never going to get that kind of money for the Gateshead-born striker.
Reading between the lines at Newcastle it would seem that Alan Pardew wants to bring Andy home, and Carroll will present a heading threat in the penalty box, which we haven’t had this year, and Carroll would also be a threat from set-plays – and Newcastle have been simply hopeless at those this season.
A fee has to be agreed as the next step, and we would expect Newcastle to be following the talks carefully, and see what West Ham are willing to pay for the striker – and if Newcastle are willing to match that – look for the Magpies to move in.
We’ve got to think that Newcastle can offer Andy a better wage package than West Ham – simply because Newcastle have much higher revenues than West Ham.
Monaco have also made an inquiry for Carroll, and the club has just been promoted back to Ligue 1, and they are being financially backed by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, so maybe he’s a case of an owner with more money than sense, and could even offer Liverpool the £17M they want – but we’d be surprised if Carroll wants to play in the French league.
Newcastle will be willing to pay a decent fee to get Andy Carroll back home, but nowhere near the £17M Liverpool are asking.
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