Martin Jol is looking to make an audacious move for striker Andy Carroll by using Liverpool’s interest in striker Clint Dempsey to sweeten any potential deal.
The Dutch manager has been revamping his front line this year and with the departures of Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson and Pavel Pogrebnyak, Fulham are short of striking options despite the recent arrival of Mladen Petric from Hamburg. While fans will be loathed to lose Dempsey as well after the American top scored for the club with 23 goals last season, the forward has admitted he would like to join a bigger side and subsequently Jol has targeted Carroll after Brendan Rodgers admitted he may let the burly striker leave Merseyside this summer.
According to The Mirror, Liverpool’s new manager isn’t sure how the target man will fit into his plans but the club retain an interest in Dempsey meaning a deal could be struck between the two sides. There’s also reported interest in Carroll from AC Milan and West Ham United with both sides keen to take the England International on loan next season but the former Newcastle striker is thought to want to stay at Anfield and prove his worth after his overpriced £35m transfer.
It’s believed Liverpool’s interest in Dempsey will be the key factor in any form of swap deal. While Rodgers may be unsure of how to utilise the target man in his new philosophy, Jol remains keen on a player who has proven his aerial threat can be genuine handful for defenders on his day and a move to Craven Cottage could rekindle his stuttering career.