Newcastle are rumoured to be interested in bringing Andy Carroll back to St James’ Park, with Liverpool also said to be keen to offload the misfiring striker.
Various reports in the press today suggest that Liverpool are ready to listen to offers for a player who just a year ago was worth £35m to them. It is believed that Kenny Dalglish is looking for a fee of around £25m but it is though that if Newcastle can table a serious bid over £10m then it will be considered.
Personally I think there is no chance of this happening and believe this is newspaper story-making of the highest order. I really can’t see Liverpool being willing to take such a hit on their investment after such a short space of time. It would be embarrassing for Dalglish although as yet it’s unclear whether such a scenario would cast a cloud over the ray of sunshine that shines out of his backside.
However there is one striker that could end up at St James’ Park this January. PSG’s Turkish hitman, Mevlut Erdinc is back on the agenda according to reports, and some of those reports claim that Newcastle United have sent a delegation to France with an eye on concluding a deal for the out of favour striker.
Erdinc has been linked with Newcastle now for roughly a year although nothing has ever come of it. He turned down a move to Newcastle in the summer in favour of fighting for his place at PSG although with only one start so far this season it appears that it’s a fight that he is losing. Perhaps this has prompted a rethink?
Now there is a possibility that these stories have just been regurgitated/made up to sell papers, but being hypothetical about it, which one would you prefer? I mean it’s pretty much common knowledge now that Newcastle are looking at the possibility of landing a striker this month, so given the choices and assuming the prices quoted by the press are correct (haha) who would you go for?
On one hand we know what Andy Carroll can do. We’ve also seen him seemingly forget what to do and really struggle in a team that isn’t really setup for him in the way Newcastle were last season. You could argue that with no real wingers that can cross the ball we aren’t exactly set up for him nowadays either.
Or do we put some more faith in the scouting team that have served us so well so far? While Erdinc may be a relatively unknown quantity, our scouting department has come up trumps more often than not and you have to back their judgement when you see what they’ve brought in to the club.