Newcastle United are hopeful that Liverpool will accept an offer of around £7 million for out of favour striker Andy Carroll.
A deal of such nature would represent a huge loss for the Reds, who signed the England international from the Magpies in January 2011 for a club record £35 million, five times the amount Newcastle are prepared to pay in the summer.
West Ham United, who currently have the 24 year old on loan, have conceded that they won’t be able to secure a permanent deal, so a return to the North-East seems the most viable option.
Carroll has scored six goals in eighteen league appearances for the Hammers since arriving at Upton Park back in August.
Meanwhile, chief executive Ian Ayre has insisted that the club will not be cashing in on star striker Luis Suarez.
Bayern Munich and Juventus have expressed their desire to secure the services of the Uruguayan international, who leads the Premier League goal scoring charts with 22 goals so far this term.
Ayre told the Mirror “the last thing on our mind is selling Suarez, he is not for sale, it is not something we (the club) are interested in”.