The England international's future at Anfield has been cast into doubt and he is now odds-on to leave the Reds. Al Hain-Cole ponders where the striker might end up next seasonEver since Brendan Rodgers hinted last week that Andy Carroll may be allowed to leave the club on loan, rumours of a Liverpool exit for the England international have been slowly simmering.
On Sunday, speculation reached boiling point after his old club Newcastle apparently presented the Gateshead-born striker with an opportunity to return home, forcing William Hill to slash the odds on his departure to just 8/13 (1.62).
Carroll has struggled to cope with the pressure since his high-profile move to Merseyside 18 months ago, and a move back to his comfort zone could come as a welcome relief to the young striker. That outcome is available at 8/11 (1.73).
It may seem like strange timing for Liverpool to sell their record signing, considering Carroll’s improved performances at the end of last season, while Euro 2012 hinted that there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for the much-maligned forward.
Indeed, the targetman’s emphatic header from club-mate Steven Gerrard’s cross in England’s game against Sweden showed exactly what he is capable of, and this did not go unnoticed by European giants AC Milan.
Club president Silvio Berlusconi’s son Pier told reporters that he would like to see Carroll at the San Siro, and you can get odds of 12/1 (11.00) on the centre forward replacing PSG-bound Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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He is at 7/2 (4.50) to move to east London, although he may prove out of the Hammers’ price range unless a loan agreement can be reached between the two clubs.
A move to Fulham as part of a deal for Clint Dempsey could make sense at 9/1 (10.00), while Aston Villa’s shortage of strikers means there should also be interest at 9/1 (10.00).
Liverpool’s best chance of recouping much of their hefty outlay on Carroll relies on a bidding war taking place, meaning interest from moneybags Malaga 16/1 (17.00) or PSG 20/1 (21.00) would be most welcome.
However, the forward has allegedly so far expressed his determination to stay and fight for his place at Liverpool, and you can get odds of 6/5 (2.20) on Carroll working his way into the new boss’s plans and staying where he is.
Andy Carroll at Liverpool on the first day of 2012/13 season: 6/5 Yes; 8/13 No
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.
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