Liverpool's ace if they go after Hatem Ben Arfa

Liverpool are said to be linked with Hatem Ben Arfa this summer and could use Andy Carroll as bait to secure a deal.

Brendan Rodgers is creating a very specific and special team at Liverpool and according to the morning’s papers he will look to add Hatem Ben Arfa to his squad this summer.

It will be difficult considering the importance the French winger currently holds for Newcastle but Liverpool have an ace up their sleeve in the form of Andy Carroll.

Carroll clearly does not fit into the way that Rodgers sees Liverpool developing as a side and playing football over the next few seasons and he could relish a chance to return to the North East. He's been pretty non-committal over West Ham so far and is said to be holding out for a return to his former club.

Liverpool originally bought Carroll for £35 million and he seems like the perfect bait to tempt Newcastle into a possible swap plus cash deal.

The reason Ben Arfa would be so good in the current Liverpool side is quite simple; his skill on the ball and his lightning pace make him the perfect fit for the current Rodgers philosophy at the club.

Ben Arfa could also be tempted into moving by the prospect of regular European football and the chance to become a first team regular at Anfield, which would generate him more cash due to the likely contract he’d be offered by the club.

Newcastle need a striker and despite the fact they made key additions to their squad last month, they still only have Papiss Cisse as the real figurehead in the current attack.

The return of Carroll is also something that would suit Newcastle’s style of play as they hit the ball long more frequently than Liverpool. Carroll’s obvious height and power make him an advantage in this area.

It would also be a popular move with Newcastle fans who are very passionate about home grown players playing for their club. Many would not have been happy when Carroll was originally sold and he should be received well back at the club.

If anything Liverpool will value Carroll as a more expensive commodity than Ben Arfa which means they could ask for extra cash in the deal.

This could make negotiations difficult but the clubs have plenty of time to talk over a potential swap deal once the season finishes and before the summer transfer window opens up.

Do you see any chance of this happening?

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