The future of Andy Carroll looks like being this summer’s long-running transfer saga, as the game of chess between his current club, Liverpool, previous club, Newcastle, and loan club, West Ham, develops.
The latest report from The Telegraph suggests Newcastle are the only realistic suitors for the England forward – but that they will attempt to re-sign Carroll for just £7m.
Liverpool, of course, spent a whopping £35m on Carroll the dramatic deadline day of January 2011 – making the him most expensive British player ever.
But the 24 year-old is clearly not required under Brendan Rodgers and his reported £90,000 per week wages are something the club appear eager to remove from their wage bill.
The report in The Telegraph claims “Newcastle will open the bidding at £7 million, although they are willing to negotiate and could raise their bid to the £10 million they were willing to pay last summer before Carroll went on loan to West Ham.”
But that “Liverpool will be reluctant to sell Carroll back to Newcastle for anything less than £15 million.”
Earlier this week, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce admitted that as much as the London side would like to make the deal for Carroll permanent, he doubts it will be possible due to the financial fairplay ruling.
“The hardest thing is the overall package and making sure it is sustainable,” he said. “I point to financial restrictions being implemented next season that will blow the whole deal in one go.
“Someone will have a bigger budget than us probably but this is what is going to happen. In one fell swoop the financial restrictions mean we won’t be able to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool because it is too expensive, even if we wanted him, which we do.”
Liverpool are reportedly interested in Newcastle attacker Hatem Ben Arfa and reports suggest they could attempt to sign the Frenchman in a deal for Carroll.