I got all excited on Sunday evening seeing that NUFC had make a cheeky loan bid to bring back Carroll to Toon. The bid was rejected pretty much straight away, which on reflection, was pretty inevitable. Especially at the terms that have emerged overnight.
NUFC apparently offered to pay 50% of Carroll's £75k p/w wages with an option to make a £12million offer next summer. This deal was never going to be accepted, so why make it?
Well what the offer does is make it known to Andy Carroll and the rest of us that NUFC are genuinely interested and it has certainly planted a seed inside Carroll's head for making a possible comeback. Which from this day forward can only grow and grow, until a decision will finally be made.
I fully expect NUFC to comeback with a better offer in the region of £15million to bring him back, if the seed planted has indeed grown to an immovable tree that Carroll has his heart set on. In which I expect Liverpool to bite the dust and accept that a deal like this would be in the best interest of themselves as well as the player. Brendan Rodgers has already accepted Carroll doesn't fit into his 'pass it to death' style and is willing to let him go, so you can't see LFC keeping him. Why would they refuse some decent compensation for him, continue to pay his wages & keep an unhappy player against his wishes? That makes less sense than trying to save face and refusing to sell him back to the club they paid £35million to...as embarrassing as that is.
Player power is key for this move ever to to be made. That much is certain. Andy Carroll will have to be pro-active in making it happen. If it were purely down to Liverpool & Newcastle to thrash out a deal between themselves, it wouldn't happen. We're the last club Liverpool would choose to sell Andy to as it would make them look more than a little silly. They would much rather ship him off to an Aston Villa or a West Ham or even an AC Milan (good luck with Mandy) just to save face if nothing else. Also from NUFC's point of view, there is no chance of us paying anything over £15million or the kind of money LFC would rather be scrambling for if they had it there own way. AC has to make his feelings known that he will only move from LFC, back home to us and nobody else, for this deal to be pulled off.
If that sounds unlikely, than I cant help but look at the Robbie Keane fiasco Liverpool went through not so long ago. They signed him from Spurs for £20million, he was considered a flop and sold back 6 months later for a lower fee. Keane forced that move through and the scousers played ball. History could well repeat itself on a slightly higher scale, so it isn't as unlikely as it may seem.
Whether Andy Carroll fitting in our current squad and playing style makes sense is another issue altogether & to be honest, is only worth going through if this transfer does indeed move forward and look apparent. Where this also leave's Demba Ba is another story. The July 31st deadline in his release clause continue's to tick down & I have no doubts a story or two will come about for last season's top scorer until then.
What's clear in my eyes is that any kind of a deal for Carroll coming back would be a job well done for NUFC. He is a player that came through our youth system, was class in the first team & then sold for a ridiculous record fee. All of which was pure net profit. The net gain we made would reduce slightly with whatever fee we give back to the scousers, but to have the deal come full circle would be very sweet indeed.
We shall see.