When any football story is in the press, it’s always good to look at what the betting on the subject is, because when big money is involved, you usually get something that’s close to the truth on what is likely to happen.
Andy Carroll with girlfriend – location unknown
So the news from Ladbrokes that the odds of Andy Carroll returning to Newcastle have been reduced to 6-1, could mean Newcastle have renewed their interest in the Geordie striker.
Andy is on vacation over there in America at the moment with his girlfriend, and sources close to the player have said he is very keen (to say the least) to return to his home town club, where his family and friends are.
Newcastle have also been interested, with Alan Pardew stating Andy would be a good acquisition for Newcastle, and would certainly add another option up front than we currently have, and he would be a threat from set-plays – something Newcastle haven’t been good at for over a season and a half now.
The facts are that Andy moved to Liverpool thirty months ago for a whopping £35M, and once Brendan Rodgers became manager a year ago, his future at Liverpool effectively ended, and he went on a season long loan deal to West Ham and Sam Allardyce, who had worked with a young Andy when Sam was Newcastle manager in 2008 for a short time.
West Ham have already agreed a fee of £15M with Liverpool, and are said to be willing to give Andy a six-year deal and raise his wages to a phenomenal £100K/week, but how the east London club can afford that with the Financial Fair Play rules starting to kick in for European clubs, is beyond us.
Andy is still said to be holding out hoping Newcastle could still come in for him, but Newcastle are unwilling to pay the £15M fee, and the 6’3″ striker wouldn’t get anywhere close to £100K/week on Tyneside.
The truth is that the odds still very much in favor of him joining West Ham, but it seems that Andy is continuing to drag his feet and hoping that something could change – and Newcastle will come after him.
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