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Liverpool reject Magpies move for Carroll

By Damian Spellman

Newcastle have made a sensational approach to Liverpool to bring Andy Carroll back to Tyneside.

It is understood the Magpies are keen to secure a season-long loan deal for the man they sold to the Reds for £35m in January last year, with a view to sealing a permanent switch.

However, Liverpool have rejected Newcastle's bid to sign the striker on loan.

It is understood the approach falls way short of Liverpool's demands.

The news comes amid speculation that the 23-year-old is not part of manager Brendan Rodgers' long-term plans.

Manager Alan Pardew did not take the opportunity to rule out a possible bid to re-sign the Gateshead-born frontman last week as it emerged that Rodgers might be prepared to allow him to leave Anfield.

West Ham were keen to unite him with former Newcastle team-mate Kevin Nolan following their return to the Barclays Premier League, while AC Milan too were credited with an interest in him.

The Magpies have no immediate need to strengthen their hand in the striking department, although they spent the early part of the summer wooing FC Twente's Luuk de Jong, although found the asking price too rich.

However, the spectre of the release-clause in Demba Ba's contract makes him vulnerable, at least until the end of this month, although Pardew insisted last week that there had been no contact with any club over any of his key men.

But Ba and Papiss Cisse could be required by Senegal for the African Nations Cup.

Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands have left the club, so reinforcements will be required at some point.

Carroll's departure for Liverpool sparked a furious reaction in the north-east when a man around whom it seemed likely the team would be assembled was allowed to leave.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are understood to be poised to make a move for Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott.

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