In 2005, Liverpool were interested in signing Michael Owen, after he had spent a year at Real Madrid, but they didn’t want to pay more than the £8M they had received from Real Madrid the year before.
Michael Owen - while at Newcastle
Then Newcastle moved in and offered a staggering £17M ( money Newcastle didn’t have as it turned out) for the Real Madrid striker, and one of the reasons for that high bid was they knew Liverpool would be unwilling to pay that amount to get their striker back.
25,000 Geordie fans welcomed Michael to St. James’ Park that summer, but the next four years were to be a list of injuries that kept Michael from playing for the Magpies, and at the end of his contract, Newcastle had been relegated in 2009.
Owen played only 79 times for Newcastle and scored 30 goals in his four years at Newcastle, and that was not a lot for a player getting £110K/week.
The situation with Andy Carroll seems similar to what it was in 2005 with Owen, with West Ham bidding a sky-high £15.5M for the striker, partly because they don’t want his former club Newcastle coming in for him.
Andy Carroll at West Ham
It seems that West Ham have been successful, because Newcastle will not pay that amount to get their striker back, although the Hammers still have to persuade a reluctant Gateshead lad to sign on at the east London club, as it seems he would love to come back home.
If Andy does sign for West Ham, for their sake, we hope he does a lot better than Michael Owen did at Newcastle.
Andy currently has an injured heel and will be out for four months.
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