Carroll 'happy' at Liverpool despite chance of cut-price return to Newcastle
Andy Carroll has no plans to leave Liverpool despite the possibility of a shock return to Newcastle.
They could offer the Liverpool flop an incredible route out of his Anfield nightmare by tabling a bid in the transfer window.
The Tyneside-born forward was subject of a dramatic 35million transfer deadline day swoop last January, much to Geordie fans' dismay.
Signing on Andy Carroll gives autographs for Liverpool fans on Tuesday
Carroll's agent Mark Curtis told BBC Sport: 'He is happy at Liverpool.'
But Newcastle boss Alan Pardew may consider making a stunning bid to bring Carroll back to his native North East.
The stunning development follows reports that Newcastle were offered 23-year-old Carroll for just 20m.
Newcastle rejected the proposal and a second offer of 15m plus add-ons.
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The Magpies are understood to be prepared to offer 10m — 25m less than Liverpool paid for the England international just 12 months ago.
Carroll would also have to take a huge cut on his 90,000-a-week wages at Anfield.
Carroll has managed a paltry four league goals since joining from St James' Park 12 months ago and would relish the chance to rekindle the form which made him the most expensive English player in history.
He was bought to partner Uruguayan star Luis Suarez in the wake of Fernando Torres' record 50m switch
But the pair have failed to hit it off — and Carroll has grown increasingly frustrated with his bit-part role.
Carroll couldn't even making the starting line-up for Friday's FA Cup tie against League One side Oldham and had to wait 87 minutes before coming on as a substitute and scoring in the 5-1 victory.
Carroll is expected to start the Carling Cup
semi-final with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday
night, but even a marked improvement in form would not halt rumours of
his impending departure.
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Pardew has a huge gap to plug in attack
after hotshot striker Demba Ba jetted off to play at the Africa Cup of
Nations last week.
The Senegal international has bagged 15 goals for the Magpies this term, including a stunner in the recent 3-0 victory over Manchester United.
The win over the Champions signalled a turnaround in fortunes for the Tyneside club who are pushing hard for Champions League football this season.
A challenge made all the harder in the absence of the Barclays Premier League's joint second top goalscorer.
Carroll bagged 11 goals in 20 appearances for Newcastle last term before his switch to Merseyside and his arrival could help the club maintain their top four ambitions.
Backlash: Many Newcastle fans were disgusted at the nature of Carroll's departure