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Most Wanted: Andy Carroll

Total Football's 'Most Wanted' is back with a focus on Liverpool hitman Andy Carroll.

After Brendan Rodgers was appointed as manager at Anfield, questions were raised over Carroll’s suitability, given the new manager's football mentality.

Carroll’s future was plunged into doubt as Rodgers admitted the club would sell the former Newcastle man should they receive an appropriate offer.


AGE: 23




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Interest in Carroll has been high but no clubs have yet tabled a bid that Liverpool deem right to let their tall Geordie leave Merseyside.

Former club Newcastle have been touted as potential suitors and it is believed the 23 year old favours a move to Tyneside if he does depart. Alan Pardew viewed Carroll as the perfect replacement for Demba Ba if a club meet his release clause.

However, the deadline for Ba’s clause expired and it is unclear whether Newcastle are still willing to sign Carroll. Pardew claimed that Liverpool need to accept a loss on selling Carroll after the Reds forked out a mammoth British record fee of £35m to lure him from the Sports Direct Arena.

Having already had a loan offer rejected, doubts remain over whether Newcastle will launch a second bid for the England international.

Sam Allardyce is a big admirer of Carroll but has conceded defeat in the race for the striker. West Ham were interested in bringing Carroll to Upton Park and had a £2m loan offer accepted.

If West Ham were to survive in the Premier League this season, they would be obliged to sign Carroll permanently for an additional £16m. Carroll threw a spanner in the works by rejecting West Ham’s services stating he has no intention of joining them.

The Hammers had thought the arrival of Carroll would guarantee survival but a deal has become increasingly un-likely.

Fulham are another club that could be Carroll’s next destination but it is unknown whether Carroll would be prepared to switch the Craven Cottage.

It was rumoured that Fulham would take advantage of Liverpool’s interest in their American star, Clint Dempsey, by proposing a swap deal involving Carroll. Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing have also been reported as potential make-weights but Fulham would love a powerful striker to lead the line following Pavel Pogrebnyak’s departure.

Tottenham Hotspur were contacted by Liverpool but declined to make an offer for Carroll. Andre Villas-Boas opted not to offer Carroll an escape route to London instead focusing on Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor. Tottenham’s move for Adebayor has stalled and their only recognised striker, Jermaine Defoe, is set to leave the club.

If Spurs fail to secure a deal for Adebayor, a move for Carroll could be a realistic option for the former Chelsea manager.

Aston Villa were also sounded out by Liverpool but Paul Lambert is yet to state an interest in the former Preston man.

The green grasses of Italy could appeal to Carroll with AC Milan still showing genuine interest. After the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint Germain, AC Milan are on the look-out for a striker and centre half.

Moves for Manchester City duo Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko were expected but the signing of Villarreal’s Colombian defender, Cristian Zapata, means that he will occupy their last remaining non-EU slot.

With no non-EU slots remaining for Milan, Tevez, Dzeko or Leandro Damiao will not be able to line up in the black and red shirt but Andy Carroll can.

Brendan Rodgers has not completely shut the door on a Liverpool stay for their £35m man meaning Carroll’s future still hangs in limbo.

By Marcus Banks – Follow me on Twitter @MarcusBanks7

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