Andy Carroll’s agent, Newcastle United and Liverpool have today denied claims the striker could be set for a sensational return to St James’ Park.
Newspaper speculation today suggested Newcastle were ready to re-sign Carroll for a fee of around £10million, some £25million less than the Reds paid for him a year ago.
The 23-year-old has struggled to make an impact at Anfield, scoring just six goals in 31 appearances, and it had been reported a top agent had approached Newcastle over a possible £20million return to the Magpies.
Newcastle were thought to have turned that down, as well as a £15million deal plus add-ons, but were willing to pay £10million to bring the frontman home.
However, Carroll’s agent, Mark Curtis, has denied the claims and said: “[Andy Carroll] is happy at Liverpool.”
The Sun also today claimed Carroll may have had a bust-up with Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who has always publicly supported the striker.
If Dalglish was to let him go it would represent a remarkable climbdown and an admission the club made a mistake in spending so much on Carroll.
In the wake of Luis Suarez’s eight-match suspension for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, it had been thought Carroll was set for a run in the team and a chance to prove he was worth the huge outlay.
Liverpool were quick to deny the England international could be set for a return to his hometown club and a spokesman said: “It is complete nonsense. There is nothing in it.”
Carroll scored 11 Premier League goals for Newcastle in the first half of last season before leaving in acrimonious circumstances on January’s transfer deadline day, but the blow of losing him has been softened during this campaign due to the form of Demba Ba.
However, Ba is now with Senegal for the African Cup of Nations and his future has come under question, leading many to speculate the Magpies are ready to bring Carroll back.
Newcastle will also be without Sammy Ameobi for a number of months due to injury, but the club’s managing director Derek Llambias has denied the Carroll link and said: “There has been no contact between Newcastle and Liverpool with regards to Andy Carroll.”