Transfer News: West Ham Move Is the Only Right Choice for Andy Carroll
The Hammers have finally agreed a £2 million loan deal for the Liverpool striker, with the possibility of the move being made a permanent one for an extra £17 million, should the newly promoted side avoid relegation next season.
But a Mirror Football report suggests that Carroll is refusing to agree to the move, leaving many people wondering what the future holds for Andy Carroll.
One thing we can be certain of is that Liverpool don't feel they need the man who cost them £35 million.
Brendan Rogers, it seems, is looking to bring the same style of football to Liverpool that earned him so much acclaim last year at Swansea.
His move for Joe Allen and the introduction of Fabio Borini show a desire to keep the ball on the deck and for his side to look to pass their way to success, rather than playing a direct style of play that Carroll would thrive under.
With a deal agreed, Liverpool's clear message to the striker is "We've found an acceptable price to let you go," and Carroll must start to consider options away from The Reds if he is to get his career back to where it was 18 months ago.
A return to Newcastle seems to fit the bill for Carroll personally, especially if the striker harbors no desire to move south to London.
Alan Pardew has already lodged a bid to bring the former Magpie back home to T-side, and his boy hood city would be a comfortable fit for the 6'3" forward.
Newcastle, however, is a club that has moved on from the days of using the big-man up front, and with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse electrifying fans at the Sports Direct stadium with some unbelievable finishing and link play last season, reverting back to a style that would suit Carroll could seem like a step backwards.
Pardew doesn't need to splash any cash on Carroll, unless Ba is set to leave the club this summer, and Andy could well end up rotting on the subs bench in the immediate future.
West Ham, on the other hand, provides a style of play that would suit the striker's attributes and ability and, as a target man to hold up play and provide and aerial threat, the Hammers could build a style of play around their new star man.
With his "best friend" Kevin Nolan already at the club, Carroll would have some immediate support for the drastic move to the big city of London, and Sam Allardyce's experience in top level football, combined with his ability to get the best out of struggling teams and players, make him the perfect manager to help rejuvenate Carroll's floundering career.
The pressure on Andy, should he move to London, would be far less intense then if he were to make a return home to Tyneside.
With West Ham being a newly promoted side, Carroll would be seen as a way of keeping the club afloat in England's top flight.
What Should Andy Carroll Do This Summer?
Should Allardyce's men struggle, the finger of judgement will not immediately be pointed in Andy's direction. Instead it will be cast over the "Championship caliber" players who can't adapt to the quality and pace of Premier League football.
Carroll would be given time to grow into the team, style and city.
Should Newcastle struggle with Carroll in their side next season, the obvious place to begin the blame game would be the new man's doorstep.
Carroll's playing time in the side will most likely break up the combination of Cisse and Ba, a partnership that netted 29 goals between them last season, and that will not be overlooked by the fans.
With Champions League prospects next season, Newcastle will need to repeat and improve on their impressive 2011-12 campaign, and Carroll could easily be targeted as a hindrance to the club should the Magpies struggle in August and September next season.
Other options for the striker have not yet materialized and, while only two clubs appear to have any interest in obtaining Carroll's signature, the native Geordie cannot let himself waste away at Liverpool if he truly wants to continue to be a national team prospect.
West Ham will provide the best long-term move for Carroll, he just needs to realise it ASAP.
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