Andy Carroll has told Liverpool he wants to stay at Anfield rather than be sent out on loan or sold off in a cut-price deal.
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Carroll is not interested in a return to Newcastle or a move south to London with either West Ham or Fulham. "Andy has told them that he does not want to move," an ESPN source said.
But Liverpool appear to have unofficially let it be known that they would accept £20 million for the England international.
However, Liverpool might have to take an even bigger hit on the price before interested clubs such as Newcastle are willing to pay a transfer fee, plus the player's £80,000-a-week wages.
Liverpool bought Carroll for £35 million but the player doesn't appear to fit into new manager Brendan Rodgers tactically strategy.
There have been hints that Rodgers would not be adverse to loaning out the centre forward, but Liverpool would rather recoup part of the fee and use it to buy new players.
The bottom line, though, is that Carroll wants to stay at Anfield and prove to Rodgers he can fit in.