Newcastle United has been making a run at bringing back Andy Carroll to his old stomping grounds on a loan deal, but Liverpool is apparently not overwhelmed with its efforts.
If this ESPN tweet is correct, then they are flat-out disinterested in those efforts.
Liverpool have rejected Newcastle's loan bid for Andy Carroll.— ESPN Soccernet (@ESPNSoccernet) July 15, 2012
No part of this news is too big of a surprise, as Liverpool would seemingly prefer to sell the striker outright. Carroll, 23, has not been a good fit with Liverpool and it is becoming apparent that a change on scenery would be best for all involved.
The Guardian had reported that Liverpool's new manager Brendan Rodgers had "hinted" that his club was ready to part ways with Carroll.
However, the problem with this deal may have been that Liverpool was not ridding itself enough of Carroll's services.
Carroll arrived in Liverpool last year after the club gave him what was at the time the eighth-most expensive deal in professional football at £35 million, and Carroll fell far short of earning that salary. He scored just six goals in league last season and netted just 11 total for Liverpool in 56 appearances.
So it is not at all surprising that The Guardian also reported it was Liverpool's preference to sell Carroll, and it very well could have the opportunity to do that.
Carroll is young and is still a valuable commodity. He flashed his potential at the end of last season and for England at the European Championship. The Guardian lists Fulham, West Ham and Milan as all having interest or being linked to the striker.
Liverpool is right to hold out for the deal it's looking for. If that doesn't work out, it can always go back to sending Carroll out on loan.