Liverpool target Newcastle United playmaker in part-exchange deal
Liverpool transfer news: Andy Carroll linked with swap for Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa
Liverpool are being linked with a part-exchange deal for Newcastle United playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa.
The Sun reports that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to offer Andy Carroll back to the Magpies as part of the deal.
Carroll, who swapped St. James’ Park for Anfield in a £35million deal back in January 2011, has been away from Merseyside on loan this season, joining West Ham United back in August.
The England striker played when fit under Kenny Dalglish, but the arrival of Rodgers at Liverpool saw him dramatically fall out of favour last summer.
His spell with the Hammers has been heavily interrupted by injury, but after scoring a vital brace for Sam Allardyce’s side at the weekend, the paper reports that Liverpool are willing to welcome him back to the club at the end of the season.
However, Carroll would have to battle with Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll for a starting place, and is well behind the duo in the club’s pecking order.
And, the ‘likeliest outcome’ is that he will return to the Toon as part of a deal to bring Ben Arfa to Liverpool, according to the paper.
The Frenchman made his name at Marseille after moving to the Stade Vélodrome from Lyon in 2008, and two-years later he moved to Tyneside on loan.
Despite suffering a horror injury just months into the short-term deal, Newcastle agreed a permanent move for the player in January 2011, and when fit the 13-cap international has shown glimpses of his brilliant best.
Liverpool appear to have seen enough to pursue the player, and time will tell to see if a transfer exchange takes place in the summer.
The report does not state if money would also be involved in any deal.