Magpies bid for Carroll return
Newcastle want Andy Carroll back on loan
Newcastle have made a sensational approach to Liverpool to bring Andy Carroll back to Tyneside.
Press Association Sport understands the Magpies are keen to secure a season-long loan deal for the man they sold to the Reds for £35million in January last year, with a view to sealing a permanent switch.
The news comes amid speculation that the 23-year-old is not part of manager Brendan Rodgers' long-term plans.
Manager Alan Pardew did not take the opportunity to rule out a possible bid to re-sign the Gateshead-born frontman last week as it emerged that Rodgers might be prepared to allow him to leave Anfield.
West Ham were keen to unite him with former Newcastle team-mate Kevin Nolan following their return to the Barclays Premier League, while AC Milan too were credited with an interest in him.
The Magpies have no immediate need to strengthen their hand in the striking department, although they spent the early part of the summer wooing FC Twente's Luuk de Jong, although they found the asking price too rich.
However, the spectre of the release-clause in Demba Ba's contract makes him vulnerable, at least until the end of this month, although Pardew insisted last week that there had been no contact with any club over any of his key men.
But Ba and Papiss Cisse could be required by Senegal for the African Nations Cup, while Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands have left the club, so reinforcements will be required at some point.
Carroll's departure for Liverpool sparked a furious reaction in the North East when a man around whom it seemed likely the team would be assembled was allowed to leave. Newcastle had little intention of selling him until the final few hours of the transfer window when the Reds made an offer they simply could not refuse.
However, Rodgers has signalled that his role this season could be peripheral, sparking a frenzy of rumours over what might lie ahead for him. Liverpool would almost certainly have to take a major hit in terms of fee if they were to sell the player, and a loan move seems more likely in the short-term.
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Feel a bit sorry for Andy Carroll really, it was Kenny Dalglish and the Liverpool board who made the ridiculous offer for him - Andy Carroll is a geordie at heart, and he didn't exactly look happy when he found out he was off to Liverpool. The only place he will play to his potential is Newcastle so i hope he goes back there - might not be the greatest footballer ever, but hes a good honest centre forward that always tries his best.
and anyway, no man on earth is worth 35million pounds - its a pointless argument.
turned up at liverpool injured and went down hill from there when he did get fit was not given a chance as he spent most of his time on the bench he needs good service from the wings which he never got
It already puts doubts into my head about rogers because surely its makes more sense to keep such a physically powerful striker and improve him not put him on loan or sell him etc. I just dont see how thats a move forward, i see liverpool already having another average season, bizarre decision?.
In fact had carroll of played instead of rooney in that world cup i honestly believe we would of done better.
"I think he was a panic buy anyway. time to get him off the wage bill and cut our losses.move onfreshstart new season new manager lets get behind the team and see what happens"
How many times for how many seasons have we heard this? or things like this? Move on, fresh start, new season, new manager, it's like "There's always next season" theory for Liverpool fans, don't get me wrong, great historical club, loyal fans and a loyal captain, that's rare these days! but there has to be a point where some fans or members of the board/hierarchy realise that the "There's always next season" routine has been going on for a while now.
After the way you lot treeated him on his return?
If I was him I'd stick 2 fingers up and tell you where to go.
Funny that he was a laughing stock last season, now everyone's queuing up to get his signature on a contract.