Liverpool shooter was once £4.5 million

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has revealed that he nearly bought Liverpool star Andy Carroll for the small sum of £4.5 million at Wigan.

"When I was Wigan manager, he came on against us and played well, really well,” Bruce told reporters.

"On the Monday morning, I rang up [Newcastle’s then manager] Joe Kinnear and I said to him, 'Would you sell me Andy?', and they quoted me £4.5million.


"To be honest, I seriously thought about it - however, in the end, we could only go to £2.5million.”

Bruce would be kicking himself now, with Carroll being sold for seven times that price to Liverpool.

"I had [Emile] Heskey at the time and I did wonder if Heskey and Carroll would work, so Andy Carroll could quite easily have ended up being my player."

Carroll signed for Liverpool in the January transfer window for a record £35 million. The striker has been out of action with an injury but made his debut off the bench against Manchester United two weeks ago.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is expecting big things out of the 22 year old, telling reporters during the week, “he is a massive player and I suppose the fact we put him on the [Europa League squad] list at the beginning of February shows we had great faith in him being fit and great faith in Andy.”

In an interesting turn of events, Bruce’s Sunderland face Liverpool this weekend, and The Liverpool Daily Post is reporting that Andy Carroll will make his first start for the Kop.

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Andrew Carroll
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