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Manchester City Transfer Rumors: Carlos Tevez out of Options After Failed Trade

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterJanuary 29, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City looks on from the sidelines during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Time is running out for Carlos Tevez.

The wantaway striker has but three days to find a new club before the January transfer slams shut and he's forced to wait until summer to find a way out of Manchester City.

If City's activity on the market this month is any indication, the chances of Tevez finding a new home before Tuesday's deadline place somewhere between slim and none.

Their most recent attempt? A proposed swap with Liverpool for Andy Carroll.

According to The Guardian, Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, desperate to boost his side's sorry attack before and after the return of Luis Suarez, offered to take Tevez off Roberto Mancini's hands in exchange for Carroll, who's proven to be little more than dead weight himself since he first arrived at Anfield a year ago.

Dalglish had essentially hoped to swap one headache for another while taking on a £10 million loss—Carroll cost Liverpool £35 million and Tevez is valued at £25 million.

Carroll, who's managed just six goals in 35 appearances for the Merseysiders, has come under fire for his allegedly wild lifestyle and the lack of on-pitch production that it has presumedly precipitated.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Andy Carroll of Liverpool jumps for the ball during the  Carling Cup Semi Final First Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on January 11, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael R
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In any case, things haven't exactly worked out as planned for Carroll at Anfield, though he'd seem to be an excellent fit at the Etihad Stadium.

For one, Mancini was one of Carroll's many admirers during the England striker's days with the Toon.

More importantly, though, Carroll would seem to fill an immediate need for City, who are somewhat shorthanded up front, with Mario Balotelli out on account of a four-game suspension and Tevez's strike nearing the three-month mark.

Then again, if Brian Marwood, City's football administrator, can lure Tevez back to northern England and get him back in Mancini's good graces, then the club would be that much better off. Remember, Tevez hasn't been out of action because he lacks the ability to crack Man City's crowded attack.

Rather, his lack of pitch time is the result of his own malfeasance, the product of a pattern of petty behavior that has cost Tevez his reputation, along with more than £9 million in wages, fines and bonuses that otherwise would've been paid.

Even with all that, there's little doubt that Tevez could and would be a valuable "addition" to a City side.

The 27-year-old Argentine tied for the English Premier League lead in goals scored last season, alongside Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov, who's taken his own demotion much less stridently than his counterpart with the "noisy neighbors."

A boot of Tevez's caliber would be a welcome presence on the pitch for City, assuming, of course, that he apologizes to Mancini and checks (most of) his baggage at the dressing-room door.

Man City have already met their fate in the UEFA Champions League, the Carling Cup and the FA Cup, but they still have high hopes for winning the league title and making the most of a berth in the Europa League.

And now that City have shown the good faith to exhaust their options in shopping Tevez, he may have no other choice than to try to make it work with the Mancunians.

Aside from Liverpool, City entertained serious negotiations with AC Milan, Inter, Juventus and Paris St-Germain, but were ultimately unable to strike a satisfactory deal with any of those big-money clubs.

Now, the onus is on Tevez to make the situation work upon his return to England. He'll be out of leverage with City until the summer, but can only hurt his own hopes of finding a new home by sitting out an entire season.

At his age, Tevez only has so many years of elite football left in his legs and must prove to his prospective takers that he is still a world-class striker.

The ball, then, is clearly in Carlos' end. What he does with it may well determine how City finishes the season and how his career plays out from here.

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