Liverpool weighing up an exhange deal

Liverpool are prepared to send Andy Carroll back to Newcastle, in a transfer deal that would bring Hatem Ben Arfa to Anfield, according to The Mirror.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said that he would make his decision on Carroll’s future with the club once the season has finished, but reports imply that transfer talks between the Merseyside club and Newcastle have begun.

Alan Pardew’s side have revealed interest in their former player, and reportedly are considering a bid to bring Carroll home.

After leaving his hometown Magpies in 2011 for a record breaking £35million, the striker failed to earn a regular place on the Reds, leading Rodgers to send him on a season-long loan to West Ham, where he has scored five times in 17 appearances.

“It’s obviously been a difficult season for Andy because initially his idea was he wanted to go out and play every week, but unfortunately for him he’s picked up some injuries since he’s been away,” said Rodgers. “But he scored two very good goals at the weekend and he’ll want to finished the season on a high and achieve the objectives he wanted to before he went out.”

The 24-year-old’s stint at West Ham ends next month, and concerns have already been raised about his role Merseyside, suggesting the player could stay on as a fringe player.

French midfielder Ben Arfa, one of three potential attacking midfielders that Rodgers will consider, has 9 career goals for Newcastle but is injury prone.

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