Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has angrily denied reports striker Andy Carroll could be set for a cut-price return to Newcastle.
Newspapers yesterday claimed the St James’ Park club were ready to give the England international a way out of Anfield by offering the Reds £10million - some £25million less than the Merseysiders paid for him less than a year ago.
Carroll’s agent, Mark Curtis, was quick to deny the rumours, as were both clubs.
And now Dalglish has joined them in condemning the reports, despite the striker struggling to make an impact in Liverpool’s 1-0 Carling Cup semi-final win against Manchester City last night.
When asked about Carroll, Dalglish said: “I am worried about the people that invent them [rumours].
“You have absolutely no foundation whatsoever [for the stories]. I don’t need to justify what is in the paper. I have stood up - and always will stand up - for the players.”
Carroll has scored just six goals in 32 appearances since joining Liverpool in a British-record £35million deal last January, and reports have suggested he is homesick.
That, coupled with the belief Dalglish’s team are not playing to the 6ft 4in frontman’s strengths, led to speculation Carroll was unhappy on Merseyside, but it appears Dalglish is still willing to persevere with him.
However, Telegraph Sport today claims the striker’s situation at Anfield will be reviewed in the summer, when Newcastle could be willing to bid up to £15million to bring him back to Tyneside.
The newspaper also claims Demba Ba could be used as a makeweight by the Magpies in an attempt to persuade Liverpool to part with Carroll at a huge loss.