Liverpool are reportedly set to make a concerted effort to sign Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa in the summer transfer window, and are prepared to offer Andy Carroll as part of a proposed deal.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are expected to push for a deal when the transfer period opens again at the end of the season, and hope using Carroll as bait would convince Newcastle into an agreement.
Carroll signed for Liverpool from Newcastle in a club record deal in the January of 2011, but the 23-year-old has failed to live up to expectation since his transfer to Anfield.
Newcastle, as confirmed by Alan Pardew, were interested in signing Carroll before the transfer deadline last August, but the England international instead joined West Ham on a season-long loan.
West Ham, however, have an agreement with Liverpool to sign Carroll on a permanent basis should certain contractual stipulations be met by the end of the campaign, which may potentially scupper any potential deal with Newcastle.
Ben Arfa, meanwhile, is reported to have been on the radar of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for some time and, reports the Daily Mail, the France international could have his loyalty to Newcastle tested in the summer.
The 25-year-old has made 44 appearances for the Toon since signing from Mareille in 2011, having initially spent a spell on loan at St James' Park.