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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Andy Carroll will not be sold on the cheap

Rodgers insists Carroll will not leave for peanuts, but don't expect anywhere near the 'astronomical' 35m paid in the first place

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

21:00 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 5 April 2013

Andy Carroll will not be allowed to leave Liverpool on the cheap with Brendan Rodgers undecided whether the 35m striker is part of his plans.

The 28-year-old is currently on loan at West Ham and will sit down with Rodgers at the end of the season to discuss his Anfield future.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen sign Carroll on a permanent basis, while the player’s former club Newcastle are monitoring the situation.

Wanted man Carroll's future is still unsure, with his Liverpool contract running out in 2016

Wanted man Carroll's future is still unsure, with his Liverpool contract running out in 2016

Brendan Rodgers

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Been and gone: Rodgers (left) wiants a good fee for Carroll, with Alan Pardew (right) rumoured to be interested

Although Rodgers has warned potential suitors they will have to pay the going rate for the powerful target man.

‘It’s absolutely the case that, just the same as last season, If the player does leave then it won’t be for nothing,’ Rodgers said.

‘He came here for an astronomical fee which was no fault of his own, so we will see what happens in the summer.’

Rodgers admires the robust qualities that Carroll can bring to a team, but hinted that he may struggle to accommodate a player of his type in his future vision for Liverpool.

'Astronomical': Rodgers saysthe huge fee paid for Carroll by Kenny Dalglish was not the player's fault

'Astronomical': Rodgers saysthe huge fee paid for Carroll by Kenny Dalglish was not the player's fault

‘Every player it is about the style, and how they fit into that. If you look at Luis Suarez he has flourished this season in the roaming role we have given him.

'We are a team that is set up to exploit his qualities,’ Rodgers added.

‘Likewise for other players you may have to set up in a certain way to get the best out of them.

There is no doubt Andy has qualities – some of his goals from set plays with West Ham have proven that.’

Out the door: Carroll played 44 times in the Premier League for Liverpool before moving on loan to West Ham

Out the door: Carroll played 44 times in the Premier League for Liverpool before moving on loan to West Ham

San Lorenzo pull out of race for Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini

Fab news for Newcastle as San Lorenzo decide against bidding for captain Coloccini

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

16:29 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:08 GMT, 23 January 2013

Newcastle have been boosted by the news that San Lorenzo have pulled out of the fight for captain Fabricio Coloccini.

The defender has been pining for a move back to his homeland for much of this month, citing personal reasons.

But after weeks of discussion, the Argentinian club confirmed on Twitter: 'Finally, after long negotiations, we announced that Fabricio Coloccini not join the squad.

Going nowhere: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini won't be going home

Going nowhere: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini won't be going home

'It was not possible to release the Newcastle player for this tournament and therefore the club will look for another alternative to strengthen the defense.'

San Lorenzo's decision is a major boost to boss Alan Pardew, who was defiant for much of January over the future of his star man, who has been on Tyneside since 2008.

Loic Remy denies he signed for QPR for money

I'm not here for the money! Remy denies he snubbed Newcastle to cash in at QPR

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:36 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:48 GMT, 18 January 2013

Loic Remy has denied he chose QPR over Newcastle for monetary reasons.

The France striker looked set to move to St James' Park after manager Alan Pardew made what he described as a 'fantastic offer', only to instead move to Rangers who are reported to have offered him 80,000 per week.

Newcastle great Alan Shearer expressed his surprise at Remy's decision and suggested that money was the motivating factor but the 8million capture from Marseille revealed the influence of QPR manager Harry Redknapp was key.

Got his man: Loic Remy (left) has joined manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers

Got his man: Loic Remy (left) has joined manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers

'The finance doesn't come into it at all because Newcastle offered me a very good contract as well,' Remy said.

'I've seen that a lot of people are surprised I came to QPR and say that I came here for money, but my decision was no way based on financial reasons.

'I could have stayed at Marseille because I had a good contract there. There are a number of reasons for why I had to leave Marseille for here.

'QPR were very open, they wanted me and it's great to be here.

Denial: Remy insists he has not moved to QPR for the money after snubbing a move to Newcastle

Denial: Remy insists he has not moved to QPR for the money after snubbing a move to Newcastle

'It's true that I hesitated between Newcastle and QPR. I went to meet the staff at Newcastle and there came a time to make a decision and I made that decision based on two factors.

'Firstly I already knew the coach Harry Redknapp and secondly, I'm very excited by the project QPR have here for the future.

'It's a big challenge and the team are in a difficult situation, but since Harry Redknapp has been here things have changed a great deal.'

Redknapp monitored Remy when he was Tottenham manager and went to Marseille to meet him, only to be put off by the 20m price tag being quoted at the time.

Main man: Remy (left) has been brought in from Marseille to rescue QPR from relegation

Main man: Remy (left) has been brought in from Marseille to rescue QPR from relegation

Demba Ba agrees Chelsea move from Newcastle

Ba set to join Chelsea as striker agrees three-and-a-half year deal at the Bridge

By
Neil Ashton and Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

00:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 3 January 2013

Demba Ba is on the verge of joining Chelsea from Newcastle after agreeing a three-and-a-half year contract.

The Senegal striker, left out of the Newcastle squad for the game against Everton ahead of his proposed 7million switch, underwent a medical on Wednesday.

Ba could be handed an instant role in the weekend FA Cup clash against Southampton.

Away: Demba Ba looks set to join Chelsea after being given permission to speak to the Stamford Bridge club

Away: Demba Ba looks set to join Chelsea after being given permission to speak to the Stamford Bridge club

Chelsea interim manager Rafael
Benitez said after the club's shock 1-0 defeat at home to QPR: ‘Fernando
Torres is one of the players we need to rest, he has been playing too
many games. I don’t have any official information about the situation.

'Officially he (Ba) is not our player. The club are working on it and we
can talk about him when it’s official.

‘If we can do the business then, hopefully, he can be available for the weekend.’

Newcastle confirmed Chelsea had triggered the striker’s 7m release
clause and that he had been left out of Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to
hold talks with Chelsea officials.

The Stamford Bridge club saw off late interest from Arsenal in Ba, who,
it is understood, will earn around 70,000 a week at his new club — a
significant improvement on his terms in the North East.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told Sky Sports: ‘It’s done, he’ll go to Chelsea with our blessing.

Main man: Ba has been in fine form for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in a struggling side this season

Main man: Ba has been in fine form for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in a struggling side this season

‘For us, it’s not a bad thing because all the uncertainty over whether
he was going to stay, it’s now done. We are bigger than any player so in
some respects I’m pleased.’

Chelsea’s bid looked in the balance on Sunday after talks between Ba’s
representatives and club officials broke down over his wage demands.

Sportsmail understands Ba’s advisors initially rejected Chelsea’s
attempts to hold further talks on Monday, saying they wanted to speak
with other interested parties.

But, after a significant breakthrough, Chelsea moved quickly on Wednesday.

Get shirty: An image quickly circulated on Twitter of a Chelsea shirt being printed with 'Ba'

Get shirty: An image quickly circulated on Twitter of a Chelsea shirt being printed with 'Ba'

The Senegal striker, 27, joined Newcastle in 2011 from West Ham and has
scored 29 goals in 54 league games for them. But he has been
consistently linked with a move away from the club because of the
release clause in his contract.

Newcastle have tried several times to persuade the striker to sign a
new, improved deal in a bid to get rid of the clause but Ba has always
refused.

Benitez had put a new striker at the top of his January shopping list
after Liverpool’s 12m capture of Daniel Sturridge, which was confirmed
on Wednesday, left Torres as his only recognised striker.

Owner Roman Abramovich remains interested in Atletico Madrid’s Radamel
Falcao but it is looking increasingly likely the Russian will have to
wait until the summer to land him.

Wave goodbye: Ba looks set to bid farewell to Tyneside and move south to London

Wave goodbye: Ba looks set to bid farewell to Tyneside and move south to London

Newcastle will step up their pursuit of Marseille striker Loic Remy after Ba’s departure.

The 26-year-old France striker, who has scored 82 goals in six years in
the French league, was identified as Newcastle’s top target even before
Ba left.

Newcastle are hoping to see off late interest from QPR and West Ham to land Remy. They have also shown an interest in Ajax’s Holland youth forward Jody Lukoki.

Alan Pardew describes Demba Ba"s agents as sharks

Bunch of sharks! Pardew slams middlemen chasing 5m from Ba sale

PUBLISHED:

22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 31 December 2012

Alan Pardew has torn into the agents chasing a staggering 5million in commission for the sale of Demba Ba, branding them 'sharks'. 'I think Demba's becoming a victim of a few sharks around him,' said the Newcastle boss.

Chelsea's attempts to make the Newcastle striker their first signing of the January transfer window hit trouble on Monday after 'unproductive' talks with Ba's representatives.

It is understood they are miles apart on the financial terms of any deal. That has left Pardew preparing to pick Ba against Everton on Tuesday with supporters angry at the Senegal forward for wanting to leave St James' Park.

Angered: Alan Pardew still hopes to hang onto his star striker Demba Ba

Angered: Alan Pardew still hopes to hang onto his star striker Demba Ba

Pardew turned his guns on the middlemen chasing levels of commission that could oblige the buying club to invest up to 28m in a 27-year-old who has a 7m release clause in his current contract and wants 90,000 a week.

Pardew added: 'I feel a little bit sorry for Demba because I think people (claim to) represent him who are not actually representing him.

'People out there are fuelling this who are not actually involved. But they want to be involved and that is the sort of world we are in.

'I can't remember a situation like this, with this level of speculation and information being put about. That's a frustration for us as a club, massively.'

Pardew believes Ba, scorer of 13 Premier League goals this season, is mentally tough enough to handle any abuse from Newcastle fans.

'Demba is as mentally strong a player as I have come across,' said Pardew. 'He's had to cope with injury earlier in his career and disappointments with the way some clubs have treated him. He can't be disappointed with the way we've treated him so I hope he rewards us by staying with us for the next couple of years.

'It's difficult for our fans to feel Demba is solid with the team, amid everything else that's going on. When he's played he's never represented that, he's always represented his full commitment to the team. 'But having said that our fans want loyalty. This is a big club and I think perhaps he needs to make a statement at some point.'

Pardew urged Ba to make up his mind soon about Newcastle's offer that remains on the table. 'He needs to make a decision fairly early,' he said.

Hitman: The prolific striker could be on his way to Chelsea

Hitman: The prolific striker could be on his way to Chelsea

Shake on it: Pardew tore into his agents for chasing the 5million commission

Shake on it: Pardew tore into his agents for chasing the 5million commission

'For everyone's sake, most of all himself. And especially for our fans – they need to know if he's going to be with us to the summer or not.

'We've had a few discussions but if he feels our offer isn't right for him, what can I do He has never said he wanted to leave the club.

'We've coped with it before and we'll cope with it again but ideally we want him to stay. In this window and in the situation we're in, I'd like to think he will stay. But that will be his decision.'

Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy is due at St James' Park tomorrow to complete his 5.5m move. He will be in the squad to face Brighton in the FA Cup third round on Saturday after Danny Simpson broke a toe at Arsenal last weekend.

Pardew added: 'A player of his quality will boost everybody. Defensively, we are so short.'

'Victim': Pardew believes Ba has surrounded himself with sharks

'Victim': Pardew believes Ba has surrounded himself with sharks

Demba Ba latest: Alan Pardew says Newcastle coped with losing Andy Carroll and can do same again

Wages row wrecks Ba's transfer to Chelsea as Newcastle bid to keep him

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UPDATED:

15:23 GMT, 31 December 2012

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was defiant in the face of the ongoing transfer saga surrounding striker Demba Ba.

He said that the club had coped with the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool and would be able to do the same again if Ba leaves.

The Senegal international has been offered a new deal by the Magpies but was involved in talks with Chelsea last night because they activated his 7m release fee clause.

Sticky spot: Alan Pardew feels sorry for Demba Ba (centre)

Sticky spot: Alan Pardew feels sorry for Demba Ba (centre)

But the deal broke down because of the
hitman's wage demands.

Pardew said: 'I've been in a situation where we lost Andy Carroll, and to a great extent, maybe we were weaker then than we are now.

'So we've coped with it before and we'll cope with it again if we have to. But ideally we want him to stay, and hopefully he will play on Wednesday and play well. Then we go to Brighton on Saturday.'

He continued: 'I feel bit sorry for
Demba because people out there fuelling it are not involved. The contract
is what it is and as manager I want it to be resolved.

'There is a contract for him to sign
and it is getting close to the point where we say no more but the offer
is still there. I want him to stay.

'It has been a saga since the summer
and the way the contract was drawn up at the time means we can't get out
of it, but I understand why it was that way at the time.

'I still think in this window he will stay because of the situtation we are in, but that will be up to him.

'The contract terms have been bandied
around which has not helped and people are getting involved who have no
right to be involved.

'It is difficult for our fans because
they love him and they want him to play in a black and white shirt – we
look potent again.'

The Magpies signed the striker from West Ham after the east London side were relegated in 2011.

Ba scored 16 goals in 34 Barclays
Premier League appearances last season but his relationship with
Pardew soured in September.

Hopeful: The Toon boss would love to keep Ba on Tyneside

Hopeful: The Toon boss would love to keep Ba on Tyneside

He felt he was being played out of position while Papiss Cisse took the central striker's spot in Newcastle's team.

However, despite his frustrations and
the uncertainty over his future, he has still managed an excellent 13
top flight goals this term.

Pardew continued: 'One thing I don't have to worry about is Demba's mental state. He is one of the strongest footballers I have ever come across.

'He had disappointments in his early career with bad injuries and the way some clubs treated him but he can have no complaints about how we have treated him.

'We have been brilliant for him. I hope he rewards us by staying for another couple of years.'

Demba Ba rejects 80k-a-week QPR deal

Ba rejects 80k-a-week offer from QPR as race for Senegal striker hots up

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UPDATED:

11:28 GMT, 22 December 2012

Newcastle striker Demba Ba has rejected an 80,000-a week offer from Premier League strugglers QPR.

Ba has long been linked with a move away from the North East due to a 7.5million get-out clause in his contract.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs have long been admirers of the Senegal striker but according to The Sun, QPR were the first to make a move.

In demand: Demba Ba is expect to attract a lot of interest in January

In demand: Demba Ba is expect to attract a lot of interest in January

Newcastle are resigned to the fact they will lose their striker who has scored 11 times this season and they are understood to be already on the hunt for a replacement striker.

Talks have been going on with Ba for months but he has turned down all the Toon proposals.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been looking at Marseille striker Loic Remy to fill Ba’s boots.

Newcastle told Loic Remy will cost 15m as Demba Ba nears exit

Newcastle told to stump up 15m to land Remy as Pardew braces for Demba exit

PUBLISHED:

22:47 GMT, 21 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:47 GMT, 21 December 2012

Marseille president Vincent Labrune has indicated Newcastle will have to match his valuation to sign Loic Remy.

Newcastle are willing to pay 10million but Labrune wants around 15m.

The news from France emerges as manager Alan Pardew is becoming increasingly resigned to losing Demba Ba.

Target: Loic Remy looks set to join Newcastle in the January window

Target: Loic Remy looks set to join Newcastle in the January window

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham could all invoke the 7.5million release clause in the striker’s contract as talks over a new deal continue to stall.

Pardew hopes the Senegal striker, his top scorer with 11 goals this season, can still be persuaded to sign the contract which will finally get rid of the clause.

Pardew still hopes Remy will be competing for a place alongside Ba, not replacing him.

Up in the air: Demba Ba (left) could leave Newcastle next month

Up in the air: Demba Ba (left) could leave Newcastle next month

Alan Pardew is planning a 3.5m bid for Ajax midfielder Jody Lukoki

Pardew planning 3.5m raid for Dutch Under 21 midfielder Lukoki

PUBLISHED:

22:43 GMT, 19 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 19 December 2012

Newcastle are poised to return to Ajax to sign Dutch Under 21 international Jody Lukoki.

Alan Pardew and his scouting team have watched Ajax extensively over the past two years and it resulted in the signing of Vurnon Anita last summer.

Now they want his former teammate to add an extra attacking dimension to their play.

Versatile: Dutch U21 international Jody Lukoki, can play on the wing or behind the striker, and has three goals in 14 games so far this season

Versatile: Dutch U21 international Jody Lukoki, can play on the wing or behind the striker, and has three goals in 14 games so far this season

Newcastle target Jody Lukoki

Lukoki, 20, can play behind the striker or on the wing. He has played 14 games this season and scored three goals.

Newcastle, who are also keen to bring in a striker and a defender, hope a deal can be struck for around 3.5million.

Transfer dealings: As well as bringing in Lukoki, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew (pictured) hopes to bring in a defender and a striker

Transfer dealings: As well as bringing in Lukoki, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew (pictured) hopes to bring in a defender and a striker

Alan Shearer blames Mike Ashley for Newcastle"s poor performances this season

Shearer: Stingy Ashley to blame for Newcastle's failure to challenge title contenders

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UPDATED:

10:40 GMT, 17 December 2012

Alan Shearer has launched a stinging attack on Newcastle owner Mike Ashley's over his apparent failure to improve the squad to capitalise on last season's fifth-place finish in the Barclays Premier League.

Alan Pardew's side have failed replicate the form which saw them finish fifth last term and are currently languishing just two points above the relegation positions at the half way stage.

The St James' Park legend believes the club have missed the opportunity to firmly establish themselves among the top flight's elite.

Given the run around: Newcastle were beaten 3-1 by City at the weekend

Given the run around: Newcastle were beaten 3-1 by City at the weekend

Shearer told The Sun: 'Newcastle missed a huge opportunity in the summer.

'Having punched above their weight last season and almost made it into the top four, this was the time to spend.

'The club was up and running again after so many years mired in uncertainty.

'There was once again a feel-good factor and even Mike Ashley was enjoying it.

'But he needed to put his hand in his pocket and strengthen with two or three quality players.'

Defeat in Saturday's early kick-off to Manchester City means the club have won just one of their last ten games in all competitions.

And while Shearer concedes the Toon do not have the spending might of City or Chelsea, they can achieve the same as Tottenham – who finished fourth last season.

Penny pinching Shearer has lambasted Newcastle owner Ashley

Penny pinching Shearer has lambasted Newcastle owner Ashley

He said: 'Just look what Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea did this summer, even if City couldn't get their main targets.

'I know Newcastle do not have the spending power of those three, but they most certainly could have found the cash to significantly strengthen that squad.

'It's up to Ashley how much he spends — but just look at what Spurs did.

'They pipped Newcastle to fourth place and went out and spent 57million on six players. Newcastle spent 8.1m on three and got a fourth in on a free.'

Best foot forward: Shearer believes Ashley should have splashed the cash

Best foot forward: Shearer believes Ashley should have splashed the cash