Rodgers to offer Carroll a Liverpool future

Andy Carroll can remain at Liverpool if a buyer is not found for the on-loan West Ham striker, but only if he accepts a role as back-up to Brendan Rodgers’ preferred strikers, the Daily Mail has reported.

Carroll joined West Ham on a season-long loan in August but the Hammers do not have a deal in place to sign the England striker, although the newspaper claims that manager Sam Allardyce is keen to make the move permanent.

However, if a transfer cannot be agreed between the clubs – and Liverpool cannot find an alternative interested party – he will find a place in Rodgers’ squad but is unlikely to be a first choice player.

Carroll’s former club Newcastle are one potential buyer, with a swap deal involving Hatem Ben Arfa mooted, and the Magpies are understood to want to bring Carroll back to Tyneside. A potential sticking point remains Liverpool’s £17m price tag, which could also prove problematic should West Ham want to take Carroll on a full-time basis.

Allardyce has recently stepped up his interest in alternatives to Carroll, including Vitesse Arnhem’s Wilfried Bony, but Carroll has found his form lately, scoring twice in West Ham’s 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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