Liverpool to offer Carroll to Newcastle in Ben Arfa bid

Liverpool will attempt to exploit Newcastle’s desire to re-sign Andy Carroll by offering the England striker to the Magpies as part of their bid to prise away midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa from St. James’ Park, the Daily Mail has reported.

Ben Arfa, who has not played for more than a month because of a hamstring injury, is said to be at the top of Reds manager Brendan Rodgers’ wish list as he plots his summer transfer business, only a week after January’s winter transfer window came to a close.

Rodgers was busy once the market opened, letting Joe Cole join West Ham and signing Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and Philippe Coutinho from Inter. Newcastle meanwhile added to their squad a number of players, many of whom arrived from France.

Carroll moved to Anfield from Newcastle in the winter transfer window of 2011, costing Liverpool £35m. He struggled to make an impression at his new club however and when Rodgers was appointed in the summer, was allowed to join West Ham on loan for the season. The Mail believes a swap deal taking Ben Arfa to Merseyside and Carroll back to Tyneside could be on the cards.

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