Liverpool may have to accept a substantial loss on Andy Carroll, as Newcastle United refuse to offer more than £12 million for the striker, reports suggest.
Liverpool have placed a £20 million price tag on the man they signed from the Magpies a year and a half ago, but Alan Pardew and the Newcastle United hierarchy have no intention of matching that fee, the Daily Mail report. And the Tyneside club feel they will eventually get their man for their price, knowing that Brendan Rodgers will be reluctant to accommodate a player who does not feature in his plans.
Newcastle have been monitoring Carroll’s situation all summer, since Rodgers disclosed that the club would listen to offers for the Gateshead-born forward. The man signed for £35 million in January 2011 sat on the bench for most of Liverpool’s dismal 3-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the season at the weekend, only coming on for the injured Joe Cole with ten minutes of the match remaining.
Newcastle will feel they hold the initiative in the Carroll saga. Aware that the Liverpool may have to sell below their asking price in order to generate funds, Alan Pardew also knows that the England international has his heart set on a return to St James’ Park. Carroll rejected the chance to move to newly promoted West Ham United earlier in the summer despite Liverpool accepting an offer, and it would appear that Newcastle is his desired location, should he leave Anfield.
Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini started against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, as Carroll watched his team dismantled by the rampant Baggies.