Andy Carroll scored the opening goal against Valencia

Race hots up over Andy Carroll transfer

Newcastle United and West Ham are the two front runners chasing Andy Carroll as Liverpool give the green light for Andy to leave the club.

On Sunday night Newcastle United had a loan offer rejected.

The season long loan deal would pay £50k of Andy's £80k a week wages, plus give the club the option of a £13M transfer at the end of the season.  This offer was rejected but Newcastle were given enough indications that a second approach would be welcomed.

A second offer could see them pay a further £10k a week of the players wages plus up their potential option to £17M.

Meanwhile West Ham are preparing a straight out £15M transfer offer for the Geordie.

18 months in to a 5 and half year contract, Liverpool would prefer to avoid a loan deal - electing for a straight out transfer fee of £20M+.

The prospect of a return to the Sports Direct Arena has also been welcomed by former barcodes hero Alan Shearer:

"When he was there before he benefited from the fact that the team was always working to get him the ball - and he thrived on that. That hasn't always been the case at Liverpool and perhaps at times he suffered."

Carroll is due to join the rest of the Liverpool squad in North America in the next week.

  • Gavin Mccormack

    yes buy again shearer has said the same thing  the team worked to get Him the ball !!! we now have a team that can score from all angles, we dont need to keep lobbing balls from halfway to the box , we have the people that can break into the box and boy can they finish ,  we dont need to hope to get a free kick from halfway inside the opposition , we have the people to shoot from there and score , and these players are on half the wages he is on now , and if we decide to take a player and give him these wages it goes against what we have acheived here in terms of big egos and a dressing room rift , we only have one player left here that is wanting more money ie : Danny simpson and we cant wait to offload him so why go and get a striker thats record aint that good this year and upset our forwards that i regard as all rounders , i would welcome him back but trufully cant see this happening and if he did how long till he fell out with the lads and started somemore trouble in the dressing room  , i know hes newcastle mad , but seriously think we should go and getsomeone else !!!