Liverpool look to swap Carroll for Ben Arfa

Liverpool are still keen to offload their record signing Andy Carroll and will try to send him back to Newcastle when his loan spell at West Ham finishes.

Yesterday the Daily Mirror had reported that Brendan Rodgers will try to come to a compromise with Carroll by welcoming him back into the squad if he was prepared to undergo specialised training and accept the role of an impact sub.

However, today the paper says that Rodgers will still be open to offers for the England striker if it will enable him to bring in quality players that are better suited to his possession based style of play.

Liverpool looking for creativity

He is interested in bringing Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa to Anfield in a swap deal that would see Carroll return to St James’ Park.

The French international joined Newcastle in 2011 and has been highly impressive. He was a key factor in the Geordies’ surprisingly good campaign last season.

However, this season he has been plagued with injuries and has only managed 15 games in all competitions all season. It is no coincidence that Newcastle have struggled without him.

The move could suit all three parties; Carroll would return to his hometown, Liverpool would get a much needed creative talent and Newcastle would have back the powerhouse striker who scored 11 goals in his 19 Premier League games for them.

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