Liverpool want to swap striker Andy Carroll for Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, the
Carroll, currently away on loan at West Ham, is not in manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans and if his move to the Hammers is not made permanent at the end of the season, will be relegated to a back-up role at Anfield. The England striker moved to Merseyside from Newcastle in January 2011 for a fee of £35m, signed by Rodgers’ predecessor Kenny Dalglish.
Newcastle tried to re-sign the centre-forward last summer in a loan move but their approach raised the back of the Liverpool management, the Mirror adds. However, relations have improved between the clubs to the point the mooted deal taking Ben Arfa to Liverpool would not be rejected out of hand.
Rodgers is said to be keen to add as many as three attacking midfielders to his squad over the summer, with Ben Arfa a prime target. That’s despite the France international having a history of injury problems that has limited his contribution to the Magpies of late.
The Reds manager is said to prefer to sell Carroll and re-invest the money into his team but if the £17m asking price cannot be met, Rodgers would be open to a move along the lines of the mooted Ben Arfa swap.
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