It’s not an ideal situation after an injury packed season on loan at West Ham, that Andy Carroll is now out for three or four months with a heel injury, which he picked up in the final game of the season.
Andy Carroll – in a corner
And it’s certain that Andy was hoping he could return back to Newcastle next season, but it was the £15M fee that West Ham were willing to pay out that scuppered that potential deal, because the most Newcastle were willing to pay was around £10M.
And the Evening Chronicle today quotes a source close to Andy that confirmed he wanted to move back to Newcastle.
This is what the source said:
“Andy was open to a move back home but it looks like that isn’t on the agenda at Newcastle, and now so he is considering his options.” “He was disappointed as a Geordie lad, but his main aim is to get over his current injury then get as many games under his belt as possible.”
The news yesterday was that Andy was wanting an increase in his wages to around £100K/week, something West Ham can hardly afford, but nothing will be done until he completes the holiday he is on right now, over here in the states.
It’s a pity Newcastle couldn’t get Andy back to his home town club, and certainly when we held this poll starting May 26th, a majority of fans wanted him back even if the fee was £15M.
Andy held talks with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers before he left on vacation, and the former Swansea and Reading manager did bring up the cases of Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing who have come back at Liverpool, after seemingly having their careers be over after Brendan came in last summer.
The good news there is that the Liverpool manager is open-minded, but the type of striker Andy is just doesn’t fit with the style of play of Liverpool, and that’s unfortunate.
As we said, it’s a pity we cannot get the Geordie lad back on Tyneside, but it’s not to be, and we suppose there’s even a chance Carroll could stay at Liverpool.
That could happen, but Andy will need to think of his England career, and will need to be playing regularly next season if he is to force his way into the England World Cup squad.
And we think when he looks at his current situation – West Ham is probably his best choice – and they are a good and well supported club after all.
They are just not his home town club, which seems to have been his number one choice this summer.
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