Liverpool have been dealt a potential transfer blow in their pursuit of Demba Ba, with a swap-deal involving striker Andy Carroll unlikely to happen because of FIFA regulations.
The Daily Star Sunday reported that the Reds ‘lead the race for Ba’, and that Newcastle ‘would love’ to discuss bringing the England international forward back to St James’ Park less that two years after he left the club for Anfield in a £35 million move.
However, FIFA rules state that whilst a player can sign for three clubs between July 1st and June 30th in any given year, he is only eligible to play official matches for two of those clubs.
And, after playing for both Liverpool and West Ham United in competitive matches this season, a move back to Tyneside would appear to be impossible.
That means Liverpool would have to meet the player’s minimum fee release clause in January rather than attempt a swap-deal, and £7.5 million is believed to be enough to activate the much-publicised clause.
Liverpool do have Luis Suarez leading the line on Merseyside at the current time, but a lack of other striking options could lead them to the Senegalese hitman.