Liverpool have insisted that they would rather keep striker Andy Carroll for another season rather than face the prospect of taking a heavy loss on him before the transfer deadline, according to the Daily Express.
Despite the England international not featuring in Brendan Rodger’s first-team plans for the season, the club have said they will not compromise on the player’s price – meaning the 23-year-old looks set to spend another campaign resigned to the bench.
Bids from West Ham, Aston Villa, Fulham have all been turned down, with Carroll eager to move back to his hometown club, Newcastle. Alan Pardew is keen to end the 6ft 3in England forward’s Liverpool nightmare, but the club are not willing to match the £20 million asking price set by Liverpool. Magpies’ manager Alan Pardew feels that Carroll’s price will depreciate as the transfer deadline moves closer, knowing Rodgers’ desperation to sell the player and use the funds received to sign some of his own targets. However, Rodgers has announced he will not let Carroll go if a serious offer arrives too late for him to bring in a serious replacement. It was rumoured that Tottenham were interested in a deal, but with their recent signing of Emmanuel Adebayor, this interest may have cooled.
It is no secret that new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants Carroll off his books only 18 months after the striker signed for the side, but has failed in his bid to sell the player so far, with Carroll unwilling to go to a club which doesn’t play in Europe regularly. Rodgers is set to have talks with Carroll to explain the situation to the striker, and will inform the England international that he might have to join a lesser club who are ready to match Liverpool’s fee, or spend a lot of time in the coming season warming the bench at the Merseyside outfit.