As the days count down to the end of the transfer window, it would be fair to say there has been plenty of speculation linking Andy Carroll with a move away from Anfield. While it’s understood that Newcastle are Carroll’s preferred destination, Brendan Rodgers has claimed that the Magpies won’t get the striker on the cheap and has urged them to improve on their low bid.
The former Swansea boss has made no secret of the fact that Carroll might not be a regular in his team this year, with the 23-year-old’s physical style of play not really correlating with Rodgers’ concept of slick, fluid football. After informing the press that Carroll might be allowed to exit the club, there have been many rumours linking the striker with a move out of Anfield with West Ham and Newcastle both tabling offers. However, the player has stated from the start that he only wants to move back to former club Newcastle, despite the fact that West Ham offered a much better financial package.
Nevertheless, Rodgers remains defiant about holding out for the correct price for the £35m man. He told the press, “There is no way they [Newcastle] will do a number on us. Absolutely no chance – and certainly [not] Newcastle. Newcastle got £35million for this player last year. To even consider wanting to take him on loan is a liberty. There is nothing more on it for me.”
It will now be interesting to see where or not Newcastle do return with an offer, or if the Magpies were simply trying to steal a player that they sold in a terrific piece of business less than two years ago. Should they fail to match the Reds’ valuation, it looks a foregone conclusion that the England international will remain at Anfield until at least January.