Carroll replacement in five-way EPL battle

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AZ Alkmaar star striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson is in high demand with five Barclays Premier League clubs vying for his signature.

The 21-year-old Icelandic hotshot has made some scintillating performances in the Eredivisie this season, and started 2011 in excellent form by scoring five goals in a single game against VVV Venlo.

TalkSPORT suggests that according to reports in the Dutch press, Everton, Sunderland, West Ham and Bolton Wanderers are all monitoring the progress of the 6ft 1in target man, with additional interest coming from Italy and Germany.

However, the Daily Mirror has revealed that Newcastle have joined the race for the heavily coveted striker, having identified Sigthorsson as an ideal replacement for Liverpool bound Andy Carroll who left St James’ Park for Anfield for £35million in January.


Carroll has failed to open his Reds account, largely down to the fact he has only recently made his long-awaited Liverpool debut.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish will now be hoping to see a return on the record-breaking transfer fee Anfield owners Fenway Sports Group funded on the former Magpies star.

With 11 goals in just 15 Eredivisie starts this term, Sigthorsson could be the answer to bridge the gap for Newcastle as Alan Pardew scales the market for additional attacking options.

Sigthorsson has a £5.5million minimum fee release clause in his current contract which runs until next summer, so the Magpies could utilise that to activate talks and will still have a large proportion of the Liverpool fee received to spend on other transfer targets.

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