Carroll deal in the hands of Ashley & Liverpool board, says Pardew

The Newcastle United manager has hinted that the club's chairman and the Reds hierarchy are discussing a possible return, adding that the striker would "only add" to the team
A potential return to Newcastle United for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is in the hands of chairman Mike Ashley and the Reds board, manager Alan Pardew has claimed.

Carroll cost the Merseyside club £35 million when he made the switch to Anfield in January 2011, but it is believed that new boss Brendan Rodgers does not see the forward as suitable for the style of play he plans to implement next season.

Several reports have suggested that Newcastle have already had a loan offer for the 23-year-old, which supposedly included an option to make the deal permanent for a fee of around £13m, turned down.

Liverpool, it has been claimed, are holding out for a higher figure of around £20m as they look to recoup a more significant chunk of their original outlay.

"It will be what it will be," Pardew told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. "That whole process is a little bit more involved with the chairman and the board at Liverpool.
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"We've got a great team here, a great squad, and if Andy Carroll comes it'll only add to us."

He continued: "It's simple, really. Sometimes transfers are done at corporate level. I'm slightly detached from that.

"It's been said that he's available, and if we're involved then we'll be involved because of the figures, not anything else, because we know he's good enough. I'm slightly detached from it."

Carroll had bagged 11 goals in 19 Premier League matches during the 2010-11 season for Newcastle before making the move to Anfield.

Since then, he has scored just six times in 42 top flight appearances, though he did net the winning goal in last season's FA Cup semi-final against Everton.