Borini set to replace Carroll at the Liverpool

Updated: July 13, 2012

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stated that he would be open to allowing Andy Carroll out on loan with Fulham the most likely destination.

It has been reported by the Guardian that Fulham are willing to offer Clint Dempsey to Liverpool in bid for Andy Carroll. The 23 year old striker has struggled to live up to his billing since his big money £35 million move from Newcastle in January 2011 scoring only 11 goals in 56 appearances.

Liverpool have a agreed fee to buy Fabio Borini from Roma according to Guardian which is bad news for Carroll.

The England international has reportedly been the subject of interest from AC Milan who were impressed by his three appearances during Euro 2012. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemingly on his way to PSG in a big money move, there is a need for a new front man at the Milan giants. A loan move would suit the Rossoneri who are experiencing acute financial difficulties.

“It’s something I would have to look at, I have to be honest,” said Rodgers.
“Andy’s always going to be linked with clubs, whether he was here or not. He knows exactly where he stands, but I have had no inquiries about him.”

Rodgers continued, “There are many things to going on loan. Is it going to be beneficial for the club, that’s the most important thing? Sometimes a player going out on loan – in general, not just Andy – can benefit the club in the long term. It gets them game experience and they come back a better player, a more confident one. Certainly more so than if they’ve been sitting on the bench for the majority of the season. “

“I’m not going to sit here and say I will never let anyone go on loan, then come in here in two weeks and a player’s gone, and you’re saying ‘you said you wouldn’t let them go’,” Rodgers added.

Several premiership clubs are interested in the striker with Fulham thought to be the only club ready to table a permanent transfer. Carroll is almost certainly going to end up in London with West Ham keen to secure a marquee signing following their promotion from the Championship. Kevin Nolan, a friend of Carroll’s from his time at Newcastle could play a big part in his decision.

West Ham co-owner David Gold has confirmed their interest saying, “I am not aware of any talks between ourselves or Liverpool over Andy Carroll. But that’s not to say we don’t have an interest should he become available.”

Andy Carroll is likely to struggle in Rodgers’ favoured 4-3-3 style of play with the Liverpool boss has made overtures to Parma for their Italian striker Fabio Borini. The 21 year old striker played for Rodgers at Chelsea and Swansea where he helped them gain promotion to the premiership in 2010-11. Borini was selected in Italy’s Euro 2012 squad after making his first team debut in February this year against the United States. Any deal for the highly rated striker will cost around £11 million.

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