Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 7/15/12
Newcastle have reportedly made a sensational bid to re-sign Andy Carroll on loan from Liverpool , with a view to his permanent signing. The player's future has been under the spotlight over the summer and Reds manager Brendan Rodgers admitted earlier this week that a loan exit was a possibility for the England forward, with West Ham , AC Milan and the Magpies all linked with his services. According to reports, Carroll is keen to remain at Anfield and prove himself to Rodgers. It is also claimed he is settled on Merseyside and feels he has built a good relationship with the players and supporters. However, Sky Sports reported on Sunday evening that Newcastle have shown their hand and made a loan offer for their former striker. The Magpies sold Carroll to Liverpool on January deadline day in 2011 for £35million - at the time the eighth most expensive deal in football history. However, since moving to Merseyside, Carroll has struggled to show any real form with 11 goals in 56 appearances and just six in the league for the Reds. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew did not take the opportunity to rule out a possible bid to re-sign the Gateshead-born frontman last week when it emerged that Rodgers might be prepared to allow him to leave Anfield. The Magpies have no immediate need to strengthen their hand in the striking department, although they spent the early part of the summer wooing FC Twente 's Luuk de Jong, although found the asking price too rich. However, the release-clause in Demba Ba's contract makes him vulnerable, at least until the end of this month, although Pardew insisted last week that there had been no contact with any club over any of his key men. But Ba and Papiss Cisse could be required by Senegal for the African Nations Cup, while Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands have left the club, so reinforcements will be required at some point. Carroll's departure for Liverpool sparked a furious reaction in the North-East when a man around whom it seemed likely the team would be assembled was allowed to leave. Newcastle had little intention of selling him until the final few hours of the transfer window when the Reds made an offer they simply could not refuse. The 6'3" marksman had barely half a season of top-flight football under his belt, but 11 goals to add to the 19 he had plundered in the Championship a season earlier had marked him out as an emerging talent. The then Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was convinced he could prosper on Merseyside, but it simply did not happen for him in his first year or so at his new club, and his price-tag was repeatedly thrown back in his face as Ba and Cisse, the men signed from the proceeds, prospered at St James' Park. He belatedly made an impression at the end of last season and was one of few England players to emerge from Euro 2012 with any credit after scoring a superb headed goal against Sweden. However, Rodgers has since signalled that his role this season could be peripheral, sparking a frenzy of rumors over what might lie ahead for him. Liverpool would almost certainly have to take a major hit in terms of fee if they were to sell the player, and a loan move seems more likely in the short-term. But Newcastle have gained a reputation in recent seasons for driving a hard bargain, and it remains to be seen whether or not what they are prepared to offer comes anywhere near meeting the requirements of a side which finished three places and 13 points below them last season. Liverpool are understood to not be interested in a temporary exit but the chance to loan the player with a view to a permanent sale could tempt them to do business. Carroll's future at Anfield has been cast into further doubt by the recent arrival of forward Fabio Borini from Roma as Rodgers looks to make his mark on the squad he inherited from Dalglish.
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