Liverpool striker Andy Carroll will this week look for talks with manager Brendan Rodgers as speculation mounts surrounding his future at Anfield. Carroll was a bank-breaking £35m signing from Newcastle in January 2011, but has so far struggled to make an impact on Merseyside, leading to inevitable rumours of a move.
The 23-year-old will return from Holiday this week and seek assurances over his future with the club, after Brendan Rodgers was non-commital when questioned over the possibility of Carroll leaving on loan (Carroll 4/6 To Be Sold/Loaned Out In This Window).
It is thought the new boss is open to the idea of the player leaving the club, but bosses will be hoping to recoup as much of the fee laid out to capture him as possible. In the current market, and with Carroll's performances at Liverpool (16/1 Top 2 Finish) being not exactly world-class, there are doubts as to whether anyone would pay the rumoured £15m it would take to sign him.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is understood to have made an approach for Carroll on loan following comments by David Gold confirming the club's interest, saying : "I am not aware of any talks between ourselves or Liverpool (2/5 Top 6 Finish) over Andy Carroll, But that's not to say we don't have an interest should he become available"
A return to Newcastle (6/4 To Beat Spurs On The Opening Day) has also been mooted, but Alan Pardew wouldn't be drawn on his side's interest in the England man., commenting: "I think he's going to be a great player, but where he treads the boards, so to speak, we will have to wait and see."