Woah-oh-oh. Transfer deadline day is not looking like being as dull as usual. With Fernando Torres on the verge of a move to Chelsea, Kenny Dalglish is eager to blow any stereotypes of Scottish thriftiness out of the water with an over-inflated bid of which even Rafa Benitez would have been proud.
Liverpool have put in a £30 million bid for Newcastle striker Andy Carroll – and the bid has been rejected.
Now, given that the Reds rate a currently useless Torres at £50 million they can have little complaints about Newcastle clinging on to their prize asset.
In their late 1990s heyday, the Magpies had a strange habit of selling their star performers – except Shearer – in ridiculously cut-price deals. It is difficult to say Carroll is worth more than £30 million, which leads us to think he won’t be going anywhere.
But are Newcastle picking the wrong time for a change of tack? Selling Carroll now would immediately undermine the ‘five-year plan’ strategy or Alan Pardew’s appointment. And as a Geordie, Carroll does represent the footballing reincarnation of Shearer for the Toon Army.
But £30 million is a lot of money for a player who has had more than his fair share of off-field issues. Yes, he would be a big loss but Pardew could do a lot of strengthening to the rest of the squad and bring in a decent replacement.
Should the Toon be snapping Kenny’s hand off?