Monday, 16th July, 2012
Liverpool have rejected Newcastle United’s loan offer for striker Andy Carroll, according to the BBC.
Alan Pardew’s Magpies made a bid to loan their former hitman for next season over the weekend, with a view to that becoming a permanent move.
Reports from Newcastle had suggested that the terms of the Magpies’ offer included a £4M loan fee, with a set option to then take the 23-year-old on a permanent basis for a further £13M next summer.
But Liverpool have wasted little time in turning down the offer.
The Reds are believed to want to sell Carroll outright rather than loan him out, even if the latter had been mooted as a genuine possibility by new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
Despite a spell of improved form towards the end of last season and an expertly taken goal at Euro 2012 against Sweden, Carroll’s future at Anfield is in some doubt.
While the player is believed to want to remain on Merseyside and fight for his place, it is unclear how hit will fit into Rodgers’ new system and the Northern Irishman’s words that he will consider letting Carroll go offer a glimpse into his thinking regarding the striker.
Newcastle are expected to return with an improved offer, as the initial bid is deemed to have simply been a move to test the water.
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