Reports Of Newcastle Preparing Bid For Carroll
There is widespread coverage this morning in the press, repeating claims that Newcastle will try and sign Andy Carroll in the summer.
The four or five parts of the equation/story as reported by the likes of the Mirror and Telegraph are;
- Liverpool don’t want Carroll and need to sell him to help buy players that they do want.
- West Ham have an option to buy Carroll for £17m when his year long loan expires and reportedly have no intention of ‘taking advantage’ of that.
- Alternative (and attractive) destinations appear thin on the ground.
- It is repeatedly claimed by friends of Carroll and insiders etc that the striker wants to move back to Tyneside.
- Newcastle United have previously registered their interest when trying to take him on loan and Alan Pardew has publicly said he’d have Carroll back.
If Carroll had gone to West Ham and stayed injury free, while banging in 15+ goals and becoming first choice for England, then he could even possibly have been worth more than that.
However, an injury affected season with only six goals and a fringe player at best for England, clearly his value has only headed one way from that provisional £17m agreement.
The stories this morning claim that Newcastle are willing to bid an opening £7m and go as far as £10m. In my opinion around £10m/£12m is a fair price/risk on Carroll now. Whether Liverpool could swallow that kind of price tag for a return to Newcastle is another matter.
Brendan Rodgers bravado that if Carroll ends up staying then it’s great he’s got another quality striker to call on, will fool nobody.
Maybe just as tough a call on any possible deal would be Carroll’s reported £90,000 a week wages. If the striker expects a similar package at Newcastle, then even if Mike Ashley was prepared to pay it, how it would impact on Newcastle’s best players who are on far less is an unknown.
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