Andy Carroll hasn’t even been at Liverpool a year yet and already the Reds are allegedly looking to offload him to another club.
According to the Observer, earlier this week the Anfield side offered a straight swap to Manchester City for AWOL striker Carlos Tevez.
The idea was quickly quashed by City hierarchy but it looks as though – despite the protestations from Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool are prepared to take the hit and get rid of the player who cost £35million from Newcastle United last term.
However, while a move to City appears off the cards, the Reds are still perusing other options and the Sunday Mirror reckon they could offer him in another swap deal – this time for Newcastle’s Demba Ba.
According to the red-top, the Magpies are resigned to losing the striker after his buy-out clause of £7million was made public.
With Tottenham Hotspur also sniffing around though, things look like being rather more complicated than the Sunday Mirror reckon.
It’s indicative of Carroll’s miserable year at Liverpool that these rumours broke just hours after he put in a very decent performance against Manchester United.
Carroll linked the play well and set up Drik Kuyt for the last-gasp winner.
The win has seen the Reds’ FA Cup odds cut to 4/1 – making them joint favourites with Spurs and Chelsea who both came through tough fourth round games against Watford and Queens Park Rangers respectively.
With Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish already showing their cup credentials in their run to the Carling Cup final, backing the Reds to bag their eighth FA Cup looks incredibly tempting.