While Liverpool have ended up losing out the most following their £35million signing of Andy Carroll, the striker himself has seen his career stall as a result of the move, and even now it is hard for his future to be decided with that price-tag still affecting every negotiation about a move away from Anfield.
Liverpool clearly want to recoup as much as they can on the forward, but nothing Carroll has done since leaving Newcastle United is likely to see teams bid anything near the £17million fee the Reds reportedly want, limiting both their and the striker’s options.
West Ham are still the likeliest possible destination for Carroll this summer after his loan spell there, but if they baulk at the fee, or indeed if Carroll decides to try his luck eslewhere, what other sides could the forward end up at next season?
There is still a chance he could stay at Liverpool ,who will need cover for the suspended Luis Suarez at the start of the season, and look short of options up front in general. It is difficult to see how Carroll would fit into Brendan Rodgers’ slick passing system, but if they can find a place for him, he could bring an extra dimension to their play when they struggle to break teams down.
Newcastle United are another team who might be keen on Carroll, having seen the best of the player during his time at St James’ Park. Carroll might fancy a move back to the North East himself, and the Magpies wil llieikly reinforce their attacking options having relied heavily on Papiss Cisse in the second half of the season.
A more fanciful suggestion include big spending Monaco, who are reportedly mulling over a bid for Carroll as well as trying to sign Falcao, Joao Moutinho and Carlos Tevez. With the Ligue 1 preparing to spend big this summer, there will be plenty of speculation, but Carroll moving to France might be a step too far.
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