Newcastle United appear to be on the verge of losing their prolific striker, Andy Carroll, to Liverpool after it was announced that a deadline-day offer for the centre forward, believed to be in the region of £35million, has been accepted by the club.
Liverpool made the announcement on their club website on January 31st 2011, after an earlier offer of £30million had been turned down by Newcastle club officials. According to a statement placed on the NUFC website, Carroll handed in a transfer request later in the afternoon, at which point Newcastle “reluctantly accepted” an enhanced offer from Liverpool.
The deal, if in excess of £30million, will make Carroll, who is 22, the most expensive English footballer in history, eclipsing the previous most expensive player, Manchester United central defender, Rio Ferdinand.
Speaking on Twitter, Ferdinand branded the “UK market” “crazy” if Carroll has fetched £35million or more. Ferdinand compared the price tag World Cup winner David Villa raised (£34 million) – his reasoning hinging around the fact that Villa has Champions League experience, something Carroll has not, to date, achieved.
Liverpool’s haste to land Carroll on the final day comes as a result of Fernando Torres’ shock transfer request on Friday. Their immediate need may have more to do with the inflated price tag Carroll has achieved than his past exploits on a football pitch.
However, Carroll, who is currently out of first team action with a thigh injury, must first pass a medical and agree personal terms with Liverpool before this deal can conclude.
Meanwhile, Torres is expected to complete a transfer to Chelsea today for a fee believed to be in the region of £50million, at some point before this evening’s 11pm transfer deadline, which would make Torres the fourth most expensive player in the game’s history.