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Liverpool transfer focus - Newcastle attempt loan move for Carroll

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By Mushtaq Quraishi

Monday 16 July 2012

Newcastle United have launched a sensational bid to capture their former striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool on a season-long loan, with a view to making the move permanent - as reported by the Telegraph. The young centre-forward arrived on Merseyside last January after the Reds forked out a staggering £35m to acquire his services, however Carroll has failed to live up to that price-tag so far in his Anfield career. New manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that he would be willing to let the towering Englishman leave and there are a number of clubs who are thought to be interested in the target man.

Some believe that Carroll would fail to fit into the new tactical structure that the former Swansea boss looks set to implement at Anfield, with Rodgers’ philosophy based more around a pass-and-move game rather than the more direct approach that Carroll would seemingly suit. But with Dirk Kuyt having departed the club and Craig Bellamy reportedly set to follow, the Reds are somewhat short on attacking options even though Italian Fabio Borini sealed a switch to Merseyside late last week.

In addition to this, despite lacking conviction for much of his time at Liverpool, 23-year-old striker Carroll did show some promise towards the end of the last campaign - enough to see him selected for Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the European Championships. Carroll also looked fairly impressive when given a chance in Poland and Ukraine and some Liverpool supporters feel that now would not be the right time to let him leave.

Even if Carroll is not Rodgers’ first choice, he would offer the Reds another interesting option should the Reds be struggling to make a breakthrough during games next term. Media reports last week also indicated that Carroll himself would like to stay at Anfield and fight for his Liverpool career. Such a burning desire to succeed may need to be considered.

Furthermore, it would be slightly peculiar if Rodgers allowed Carroll to move on loan to a rival club. Newcastle finished above Liverpool last season and could be battling it out with the Reds for a European spot this term. A potential move for the striker to the North East could come back to bite the Anfield club at the end of the campaign.

As it stands, Carroll is still a Liverpool player, and their most expensive ever signing. By making an approach for the striker, albeit on a loan basis, Newcastle have only done what any smart and wise club would do. While a change of surroundings for Carroll may sound interesting to the club, it could do more harm than good for their prospects of finishing above the Magpies next term. Similarly, a sale with a significant loss would be somewhat embarrassing for the Reds. A return to Newcastle for Carroll would be a huge story, but for the moment it is just speculation. Alan Pardew’s side are just one of a number of teams who want the striker and they may face a battle to persuade both the player and his club to let him leave.

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