The big transfer rumour breaking this evening was that Newcastle United were lining up a bid to take Liverpool striker Andy Carroll back to Tyneside on loan and while the Magpies’ initial offer has been rebuffed, don’t expect this bit of football news to go away anytime soon.
Mirror Football are reporting that Newcastle are willing to pay £17 million to take Andy Carroll back to the north-east, less than half the amount that Liverpool paid for the Geordie striker just 18 months ago.
While there are developments on this bit of Newcastle transfer news all the time, it is thought that the Magpies offered to take Carroll back on loan for the 2012/13 Premier League season, with a view to a permanent deal.
However, within hours Liverpool turned down Newcastle’s approach, with the two Premiership clubs thought to be way off in terms of their valuations for the 23-year-old striker who netted for England at Euro 2012 last month.
Liverpool are thought to be demanding that his £75,000 – £80,000 a week wages (different amounts quoted by different sources) are to be paid in full during any loan deal, something the Mirror understood Newcastle were prepared to do.
But Liverpool’s quick rejection suggests that’s not something that Newcastle will agree to, which also puts in doubt the rumour that Newcastle will fork out £17m for a player who struggled last season.
Whether Carroll fits into new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans at Anfield remains to be seen, but with Newcastle, West Ham and even AC Milan all circling, don’t expect this rumour to go away anytime soon.
Despite being devastated when he left Newcastle in January 2011, I’d definitely take Andy Carroll back and if a season-long loan deal could be arranged that would be a great bit of business for the Magpies, but of course Liverpool will have other ideas.