LONDON: Newcastle United are serious about trying to bring England spearhead Andy Carroll back to St James’ Park after his rocky 18 months at Liverpool.
Manager Alan Pardew and owner Mike Ashley are expected to return with an improved loan offer for Carroll, 23, having seen an initial bid turned down. Pardew said: “That whole process is a little bit more involved with the chairman and the board at Liverpool. We’ve got a great team here, a great squad, and if Andy Carroll comes it’ll only add to us.”
Newcastle offered initially to pay only part of Carroll’s £80,000-a-week wages. They also wanted to pay £13m if he then signed a permanant deal, although Liverpool are understood to want at least £20m.
Liverpool’s asking price is likely to put Newcastle’s determination to bring Carroll back to the club to the test, with Ashley unable and unwilling to meet that figure. But there remains a strong possibility a compromise will be reached.
The Newcastle hierarchy have retained their admiration for Carroll since he left for Liverpool in 2011.
Pardew said: “It’s simple, really. Sometimes transfers are done at corporate level. I’m slightly detached from that. It’s been said that he’s available, and if we’re involved then we’ll be involved because of the figures, not anything else, because we know he’s good enough. I’m slightly detached from it.”
Carroll was not with the Liverpool squad as they left for a pre-season tour of North America on Monday having been granted an extended holiday after Euro 2012. The England international is due to join up with the squad on 23 July, alongside other internationals such as captain Steven Gerrard.
Carroll struggled with Liverpool until belatedly finding both form and goals towards the end of last season. He headed the winner for Liverpool against Blackburn, while also scoring against Everton in a FA Cup semi-final win and the 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the final. He scored for England at Euro 2012 in the win against Sweden, but appears to have fallen out of favour at Anfield.
New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has signed striker Fabio Borini from Roma this week and is also monitoring Swansea midfielder Joe Allen.
The Liverpool manager has an agreement with his former club that he will not attempt to sign any of their players during the next 12 months. But it is understood Liverpool will be able to bid for Allen if another club has an offer accepted for the 22-year-old.
Rodgers is also planning contract talks to keep Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez at Anfield but has been noncommittal when talking about Carroll’s future.
The striker helped the Magpies back into the Premier League with 17 league goals in the 2009-10 Championship season.
Carroll continued his promising form in the top flight in the following campaign and made his senior England debut under Fabio Capello in a 2-1 defeat by France at Wembley. He scored 11 times in 19 league games before becoming the most expensive British player when ex-Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish took him to Anfield.
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