Why don’t Newcastle wait for Andy Carroll?
Newcastle are reportedly pursuing Liverpool’s Andy Carroll and an article in the Metro has claimed that Newcastle are prepared to bid £17 million.
Newcastle tabled a loan bid with a view to a £12 million deal earlier in the window. Alan Pardew stated after the Chelsea match that Andy Carroll would add a ‘nice dimension’ to his team, although the deal was now at ‘board level’ with Mike Ashley taking personal charge over it. The reported £17 million figure being is wide of the mark because anyone who has followed Newcastle’s transfer dealings will know that Mike Ashley doesn’t ever wander too far away from his initial bid, the Debuchy deal is proof of that.
The Newcastle board are uncompromising in the transfer market and to think that they would increase their bid by £5 million is preposterous in their terms. Mike Ashley is very savvy and he knows that Liverpool’s demands will reduce in January especially if Carroll doesn’t get any game time. Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that Carroll doesn’t fit into his plans, all too publically in really and this is compounded considering Carroll only wants to move to Newcastle if he has to move away from Anfield.
A similar scenario to this occurred last season when Newcastle went in for Cisse. Newcastle were unwilling to pay the £14 million Freiburg wanted in the summer and then fast forward to January and he became available for just £9. So Liverpool and Newcastle fans don’t be surprised if this drags out a whole lot longer.