Liverpool looking to loan out striker Carroll

Carroll would prefer to stay in Liverpool.

BEIRUT: Liverpool have started to contact other clubs about the prospect of taking their 35 million pound ($54.4 million) striker Andy Carroll on loan for the forthcoming season.

Speculation linking the England international with a move away from Anfield has grown over the past week, after comments from an AC Milan official prompted many to think the Italian giants are preparing an offer for Caroll.

The Telegraph reports that Carroll would prefer to stay on Merseyside and fight for his place in Brendan Rodgers’ new look Liverpool side.

Tottenham have decided against making a move for the player and will focus on completing the permanent transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor from Man City, who spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane.

Milan are still thought to be interested, but newly promoted West Ham are likely to provide competition for the striker’s services.

The Hammers have returned to the Premier League since being relegated in 2011, and are in the market for a proven goal scorer.

Manager Sam Allardyce is hoping that West Ham captain Kevin Nolan’s close relationship with Carroll will prove influential in determining where the forward choses to play next season.

Milan have reignited their interest in City’s Argentinian international Carlos Tevez, according to reports in Italy.

The Serie A side were linked with a move for the player earlier in the year after Tevez’s touchline dispute with City boss Roberto Mancini in a Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.

The player was widely expected to leave the club, spending much of last season in self-imposed exile from the Etihad Stadium, before apologizing and returning to first-team action to help City win the Premier League title for the first time in their history.

Tevez’s future is still uncertain, with Corriere dello Sport reporting that Milan have held talks with his agent.

Manchester United are facing a struggle to hold onto England forward Danny Welbeck, with the player’s wage demands causing talks over a contract extension to drag on.

Welbeck is on 15,000 pounds a week, but is seeking a pay rise after impressive performances at Euro 2012.

Welbeck scored 12 times last season and The Sun newspaper reports that the player is asking for 60,000 pounds a week before bonuses.

The striker is entering the final year of his contract with the club, and with United only willing to offer 40,000 pounds a week negotiations are expected to continue.

Fiorentina are attempting to ward off interest in star forward Stefan Jovetic by placing a 20 million pound price tag on the player.

The news comes after the Montenegrin was linked with moves to Arsenal and Chelsea, with club officials desperate to retain the services of the player who scored 14 times last term.

“Since the start of the season we have said that we are not selling Jovetic,” Viola director Daniele Prade said.

“There is an agreement with the player that if we get an offer above a certain figure, we will sit down and evaluate the offer, but we will only consider offers above £20 million.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 12, 2012, on page 14.




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