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Record signing says owners "wanted the money"

Liverpool's new club record signing Andy Carroll has claimed that he was pushed out of Newcastle United by owner Mike Ashley.

While Newcastle have claimed they did not want to sell the Gateshead-born player, Carroll is telling a different story entirely.

"I was in talks about a new contract and talking to the gaffer about that," Carroll told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"He told me that they are now not going to give me a contract. That was as soon as the offer of £30m came in.

"So I asked why [I wasn't getting a new contract], and he said his hands were tied.

"He said it wasn't up to him. Then a £35m bid got accepted.

"And then I was allowed to talk to Liverpool. The owner then made it clear to me that I was not wanted at the club, saying that his own helicopter is waiting for me to go down to talk to them.

"So being shown I'm not wanted I said 'OK, I will talk to them'. Then suddenly the bid was rejected.

"And then Derek asked me to hand in a transfer request. So I was pushed into a corner and had no choice.

"I wasn't wanted by them and they made it clear they wanted the money. Then I flew down in his [Ashley's] helicopter. I didn't want to leave.

"I'm gutted that I wasn't wanted at my home team after everything I've done and progress I've made.

"I didn't want to leave at all. Make sure they know I didn't want to leave.

"The players, staff and fans were fantastic."

Meanwhile, Pardew has given his own version of the events that unfolded on deadline day.

"There was an offer refused in the morning and then we received a second improved offer," he said.

"Myself, Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias were having a discussion when Andy Carroll poked his head around the door and said he wanted to see me.

"I had the conversation with Andy. He said he wanted a new contract now that would make him the highest paid player at the club.

"This from a guy who had signed a new deal just a few months ago.

"I asked him what he wanted but he didn't reply."

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