By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Despite the Reds signing Carroll from Newcastle for a hefty 35 million pounds last year, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has decided that the Englishman will not be his first choice upfront. The former Swansea manager is keen for the Reds to play in a fluid pass-and-move style more suited to Luis Suarez and new boy Fabio Borini.
Carroll has been linked with a move away from Anfield ever since Rodgers' appointment, with West Ham and a return to Newcastle his most likely options. The striker has stated a preference for Alan Pardew's squad over the Hammers, but Newcastle owner Mike Ashley refuses to pay Liverpool's asking price and has called on the Reds to accept the reality of a financial loss should they intend to offload Carroll.
The Telegraph reports that Newcastle's current offer involves a loan deal with the option of a transfer at the end of the season, but sources within the Sports Direct Arena have indicated that Magpies management will agree to take Carroll off Liverpool's hands permanently if Rodgers' accepts their bid of 12 million pounds upfront.
The Northern Irishman is believed to be tempted by the idea, as he is keen to use the funds to sign a suitable replacement. Such a move would also suit Carroll, who is worried that his time on the Anfield bench will prevent him from featuring in Roy Hodgson's England team.