With Fernando Torres now almost certainly set to move to Chelsea for £50m, Liverpool are keen to get a replacement in before the transfer deadline ends today, and have reportedly bid £30m for Andy Carroll. The offer has been rejected by Newcastle though, and it seems unlikely that Liverpool would increase what is already a huge offer for a player who is still a raw talent. Newcastle don’t seem to want to sell the player and Carroll himself hasn’t pushed for a move.
Liverpool will want to spend some of the Torres cash though and a major signing would be a statement of intent after the shock of Torres handing in a transfer request.
Newcastle United have rejected an offer believed to be around £23m from Tottenham for their current top scorer Andy Carroll. Harry Redknapp has been an admirer of the player for a while, and is keen to bolster his underperforming strikeforce who have only manged a paltry 6 goals so far this season.
Newcastle will be reluctant to let one of their best players leave though, and it would seem unlikely that Tottenham would significantly improve their offer for a player who is still considered a raw talent.
Carroll made his first team debut for Newcastle in 2006 when he came on in a UEFA Cup match against Palmero, in doing so he became the youngest player to represent the Magpies in Europe aged 17 years. Back in November 2010 he earned his first (senior) England call up for the friendly against France.
Carroll is one of many strikers recently linked with Spurs, having also shown interest in Atletico Madrid’s Diego Forlan, Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi and Ajax’s Luis Suarez.
The Sun is claiming Fernando Torres has asked to join Chelsea, Liverpool have previously rejected an offer of around £40m for Torres, stating the star striker is not for sale.
Rumours are that the Spaniard has a £50m get out clause and perhaps Liverpool’s new owners could be tempted to cash in on a player who’s form has been mixed this season.
Kenny Dalglish will no doubt be desperate to try and persuade his star striker to remain at the club for at least the remainder of the season, and it’s hoped that the imminent acquisition of Luis Suarez for £23m will convince Torres that the club is finally heading in the right direction.
Or perhaps the Suarez deal is only going through because Liverpool are resigned to losing Torres?
After Liverpool’s first bid of around £12 was rejected it now seems like Luis Suarez’s move to Liverpool is back on – Ajax had told Liverpool to come back with a more respectful offer, and it’s understood that the offer has now been increased to £23m.
Suarez has a record of 110 goals in 154 appearances for Ajax and was named the Dutch Footballer of the Year in 2010 after scoring 35 goals in 33 league matches. The player has also scored 10 goals in 30 games for his country.
What remains to be seen is whether the 24 year old Uruguayan is being signed to play alongside or to replace Fernando Torres, who is wanted by Chelsea for a fee or around £40m.
Arsenal are rumoured to be close to sealing a deal for 17-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton. The player who has also attracted attention from Liverpool, Newcastle & Manchester City is likely to cost around £10m, though it’s understood only £5m will be paid upfront – the remainder of the fee being based on appearances.
Chamberlain has been with Southampton since 2000 and even if Arsenal do sign him there’s a good chance he will be loaned back to them. That is the preferred option for the Saints who rightly consider the player to be crucial to their promotion chances.
So far this season Chamberlain has scored 6 goals in 22 appearances, pretty impressive for a player who has found himself used as a winger.
The Mail On Sunday claims that Shaun Wright-Phillips is on the verge of joining Fulham, though it’s likely to be a loan move which could turn into a permanent deal in the Summer. Wright-Phillips’s playing time has been limited in recent times, and a move to Fulham would give him the chance to play under Mark Hughes again.
Manchester City did initially wanted a fee of around £4m for the England winger, but Fulham are reluctant to splash the cash on the 29 year old until their Premier League status is secured for another season.
Liverpool have also previously been linked with a move for Wright-Phillips, though that was while they were still managed by Roy Hodgson.
It seems like there are currently three Premier League teams interested in signing in Charlie Adam from Blackpool – Birmingham, Aston Villa & Liverpool. Though the highest bid of £4.5m from Liverpool seems unlikely to convince Blackpool to sell, with Ian Holloway desperate to hold onto the Midfielder until Summer.
In fact Holloway has claimed Adam is worth £46m – the price to avoid Blackpool getting relegated to the Championship. If Adam does leave it’s probably more likely to be no more than 6m, and as much as Blackpool would like to keep him it’s rumoured that the player wants a move now.