Newcastle’s ex-manager Joe Kinnear has slammed reports that he was willing to sell Andy Carroll for £4.5 million to then Wigan manager Steve Bruce.
“The only conversation I had with [Bruce] was over N’Zogbia,” Kinnear told The Journal today. “He said he phoned me on the Monday. I never had a conversation with any manager about Andy Carroll.”
Bruce yesterday claimed that he considered buying Carroll after watching the striker demolish his side in a Barclays Premier League match. He said Kinnear offered him a price of £4.5 million for the then 20 year old, but could only get together £2.5 million and was turned down.
But Kinnear says he always saw a big future for Carroll, and would never have sold the player for such a humble fee.
“Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias had no intentions of selling Carroll at any stage.
“When Chrissy Hughton put him in the team Andy was able to step down a level and did fantastically well.
“Whether Bruce is trying to talk himself up or not, I don’t know, but to say he only offered £2.5m, it makes him look stupid.”
Kinnear believes even Carroll knew he was worth more than the fee Bruce claims was on offer.
“I think Andy had bigger options in his head even then.”