Pardew, who sold Carroll to Liverpool for £35million in January 2011, has monitored the England striker’s progress closely over the last few months and, having seen him fall out of favour at Anfield, reportedly made a cut price bid for him in the summer. “He’s a Liverpool player and not wanted so at some point he’s going to move permanently,” said Pardew. “I’d like to think we’ll be in the mix for that.”
Whilst Carroll’s career has floundered since moving to Merseyside, Pardew has seen his stock as the Newcastle manager rise beyond his wildest dreams, as the Magpies challenged for a Champions’ league spot last season.
Newcastle’s fantastic year was due, in no small part to the players that Pardew was able to bring in on the back of the original Carroll fee, and he is well aware that, had he not sold Carroll, it is unlikely that the Magpies would have enjoyed the success that they had in the Barclays Premier League.
“The fee was astronomical, we have used it well,” Pardew said. “The position we are in, if I’m honest, is because we used the money from Andy’s sale well.
“He was a brilliant player for us and we owe a great debt to him.”
It is hard to say whether or not Andy Carroll would enhance the current Newcastle team. Newcastle are not short of goals and, whilst Papiss Cisse may not be enjoying the same form that he showed last season he will surely come good again soon. It also needs to be said that Carroll has yet to score in eight soccer games for his new club so far this season.
If Cisse can regain his scoring touch, and remind Pardew of his quality, then talk of another bid for Carroll will surely cool and the Magpies will be able to look forward to another battle for European qualification come the end of this season.