• Pardew keen to bring Carroll back to Newcastle from Liverpool
• Manager ‘slightly detached’ as owner Mike Ashley takes control
The Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, has spoken of his desire to re-sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool, but admitted that he is “slightly detached” from a decision-making process that will be led by his club’s owner, Mike Ashley, and the Liverpool board.
Liverpool have already rejected the chance to send Carroll to Newcastle on loan, and are no more keen to agree a permanent transfer at his former club’s current valuation of £13m. Instead they are seeking to recoup at least £20m of the £35m they spent to bring the striker from Newcastle 18 months ago, and negotiations between the two clubs are ongoing.
“That whole process is a little bit more involved with the chairman and the board at Liverpool,” Pardew told the Newcastle Chronicle. “We’ve got a great team here, a great squad, and if Andy Carroll comes it’ll only add to us.”
“It’s simple, really. Sometimes transfers are done at corporate level. I’m slightly detached from that. It’ll be what it’ll be.”
Carroll was not in the Liverpool squad who travelled to the United States on Monday for the start of their pre-season tour, but is due to join the team in Boston next week after the conclusion of a spell of extended lead after his involvement in Euro 2012 if a deal for his transfer has not already been concluded.
“It’s been said that he’s available,” Pardew said, “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.”