LIVERPOOL have made a dramatic deadline-day move for Newcastle United Andy Carroll.
The club want Carroll to replace Fernando Torres should he move to Chelsea in a £50m deal.
And it has been reported they are willing to pay £30m to get Carroll, who is not looking to leave his hometown club after signing a new long-term contract last year.
However, Newcastle – who hope to clinch the loan signing of Stephen Ireland today – have always maintained the 22-year-old is not for sale, with Alan Pardew insisting when he joined the club Carroll would stay as long as he was at St James’s Park.
But the club, having reiterated its intention to keep Carroll last week amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur, would not comment on Liverpool’s interest today.
Anfield’s director of football, Damien Comolli, has reportedly been lining up Carroll over the weekend.
What is certain is that Pardew will fight tooth and nail to hold on to the England international, who has scored 11 goals so far this season.