Liverpool have turned down a loan offer from Newcastle United for striker Andy Carroll.
According to BBC Sport, Liverpool’s preference is to sell Carroll rather than loan the player.
Newcastle are believed to have offered to loan their former number 9, with a fixed-fee to sign the 23-year old next summer.
BBC Sport and Daily Mail both report that Carroll though insists he wants to remain at Anfield and fight for his future under new manager Brendan Rodgers.
“Sources close to 23-year-old England striker Carroll maintain his preferred option is to remain at Anfield to try to prove himself to Rodgers” writes Ben Smith.
Carroll is due to fly out with the rest of Liverpool’s Euro 2012 players to Boston a week later than the rest of the squad.
Some reports suggested Newcastle were prepared to pay Carroll’s £80k per week wages, thus saving Liverpool over £3m over the season, and then pay around £17m next summer.
Carroll joined Liverpool from Newcastle in January 2010 for a British record fee of £35m.
Fulham and West Ham have also expressed an interest in Carroll, while AC Milan are also said to be looking at the England international to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is joining PSG.
The Carroll situation could be a long-run saga this summer.