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Liverpool Offer £30 Million for Newcastle's Andy Carroll

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  Andy Carroll of Newcastle United ini action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers at St James' Park on November 10, 2010 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Jon FeatonbyCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2011

Liverpool have reportedly made a shock £30 million bid for Newcastle and England striker Andy Carroll.

With the transfer window ending today and Fernando Torres looking likely to join Chelsea for around £50, Liverpool may be looking to act quickly to fill the void Torres' departure would like.

The Liverpool hierarchy had hoped that the signing of Luis Suarez from Ajax would convince Torres that the club is looking to the future and willing to invest in top players. But the noises coming out of Anfield suggest that, for the right price, Torres will be allowed to leave.

Nicholas Anelka had be tipped to make a return to Liverpool as a make-weight in the deal, reducing the effect of losing Torres on the last day of the transfer window with little time to find a replacement.

Newcastle are rumoured to have rejected Liverpool's bid and Tottenham are also in the running. The £30 million price tag is likely to raise a few eyebrows though, with fans of both clubs questioning whether Carroll is worth more than three Rafael Van Der Vaart's and more than Liverpool paid for Torres when they signed him from Atletico Madrid.

In other news, Paul Konchesky has been allowed to join Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season. Konchesky, who was signed from Fulham in the summer, has been out of favour since Kenny Dalglish took over at Anfield.

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