Newcastle make loan approach for Carroll
Newcastle have approached Liverpool regarding a season-long loan move for Andy Carroll, according to reports.
Carroll has become one of the most sought-after properties of the summer after Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers revealed he would consider allowing the England forward to leave the Anfield club.
It is understood Rodgers would prefer a straight sale of Carroll, while the player remains keen to prove himself on Merseyside. If Carroll does not fit into Rodgers' plans for next season, the striker will accept a loan switch, with a view to showing Liverpool what they are missing.
Reports on Sunday claim Newcastle have made the first formal move for the £35 million striker, whom they sold in January 2011. The approach is for a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move.
Carroll, who scored 31 league goals during his time at St James' Park, continues to hold the club in high regard, despite the high level of abuse he received when returning as a Liverpool player last season.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew recently refrained from comment on the future of Carroll, preferring only to praise what he still regards as a "top player".
"He did a terrific job here," Pardew said on Wednesday. "I've always supported him even at Liverpool when other people haven't. I think he's had a raw deal from the media if I'm honest.
"He's going to be a great player, but where he treads the boards, we'll have to wait and see."
AC Milan, West Ham and Aston Villa have also been credited with an interest in Carroll's services.
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