Spurs prepared to offer player exchange to land striker

Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a large cash or player deal in an attempt to lure England striker Andy Carroll away from Newcastle.

It is thought that Harry Redknapp is willing to offer the Magpies Robbie Keane, David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar in exchange for the big striker or, if Newcastle would prefer, a straight £22 million cash deal.

While the Geordie club would be reluctant to part with their most prized asset, owner Mike Ashley knows that an offer that large could be too good to turn down and would go a long way to balancing the books. Alternatively, manager Alan Pardew knows that he must add some quality and depth to his squad and could be tempted by Spurs’ offer of three proven Premier League performers.

According to The Sun newspaper this morning, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has made an official approach to Newcastle United for Carroll, but was told that he was not for sale at any price. However, this is unlikely to stop Levy testing Ashley’s resolve with a large offer as the London club continue their attempt for the Premier League title.

Carroll, who is currently sidelined with a thigh injury, has impressed many this season with his style of play and has scored 11 goals in his 18 Premier League appearances. The 21 year-old forward has been linked with a move to Tottenham for some time and it appears that a move could fashioned in the coming transfer window.

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