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Transfer gossip: Newcastle ready to pounce for Liverpool flop Andy Carroll


Struggling: Andy Carroll has only scored four times for Liverpool since his move. Photo: Getty Images

Struggling: Andy Carroll has only scored four times for Liverpool since his move. Photo: Getty Images

Struggling: Andy Carroll has only scored four times for Liverpool since his move. Photo: Getty Images

Arsene Wenger faces competition from Chelsea and Manchester City to sign £4m-rated 16-year-old left-back Luke Shaw from Southampton. (The Independent, London)

Verdict: EPPP rules mean ever more lucrative fees for teenagers but Wenger is the master of unearthing hidden gems.

Aston Villa

Speculation is growing that James Collins is on his way out with QPR, Sunderland and Spurs all said to be interested. (Daily Mail)

Verdict: Not a great prospect for Villa who lack a certain something in central defence.

Blackburn Rovers

Three European clubs are targeting Blackburn Rovers attacker Mauro Formica. (Click Lancashire)

Verdict: Cash-strapped Rovers in offloading striker shock. Probably case of when rather than if it happens.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers are hoping to sign Porto's Juan Iturbe on loan until the end of the season (Goal.com)

Verdict: 18-year-old Argentine is looking for first team opportunities. This would be a coup for Coyle.


Didier Drogba has been offered £300k a week to follow Nicolas Anelka China. (Daily Mirror)

Verdict: Big-money move could suit 33-year-old out-of-contract striker.


Everton are believed to be looking at Egyptian striker Mohamed Nagy, who plays for Al Ahly in Cairo. (Liverpool Echo)

Verdict: David Moyes desperately needs some oomph up front. 'Gedo' was a star of the 2010 African Cup of Nations.


Fulham have joined the clubs watching Jamie Vardy, non-League Fleetwood's £1m-rated striker. (Daily Mirror)

Verdict: Non-league goal machine he may be, but Premier League quality?


Liverpool are interested in Inter Milan striker Luc Castaignos according to reports. (Daily Mail)

Verdict: 19-year-old Dutchman Castaignos would provide cover up front in the absence of Luis Suarez.

Manchester City

Inter Milan are "serious" about signing Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez according to club president Massimo Moratti. (Evening Standard)

Verdict: Unfortunately for the Nerazzurri, City are serious about getting paid.

Manchester United

Celtic's 22-year-old midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung could be brought in to help ease United's midfield crisis. (Footybunker)

Verdict: Acquiring 2011's South Korean player of the year would seem to be a better option than creaky old Paul Scholes.

Newcastle United

Newcastle are ready to offer £35m Liverpool flop Andy Carroll a sensational exit from his Anfield nightmare. (Daily Mail)

Verdict: Geordie striker could return home for only £20m. A canny bit of business for Toon if it comes off.

Norwich City

Nottingham Forest want £2.5million for Welsh defender Chris Gunter. Norwich have had two bids waved away for the full-back. (The Sun)

Verdict: Fits the bill of buying from the lower leagues which has served Paul Lambert well, but Fulham and Blackburn are also interested.

Queens Park Rangers

New QPR manager Mark Hughes has made Chelsea striker Didier Drogba his number one transfer target. (Daily Star)

Verdict: This is the kind of signing Rangers fans have been craving. And there's money to spend.

Stoke City

Stoke's proposed £1.5m signing of 6ft 8in VVV Venlo striker Michael Uchebo is in danger of collapse over work permit issues (Daily Mail)

Verdict: But do Stoke actually need another Peter Crouch?


Martin O’Neill will run the rule over the Sunderland players out on loan as he continues to assess his playing squad. (Sunderland Echo)

Verdict: Well that sounds sensible. But not sure Asamoah Gyan's coming back any time soon.

Swansea City

Swansea City are interested in Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard. (Tribal Football)

Verdict: Maynard has snubbed new deal at Bristol City and £2million bid looks spot on.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is refusing to rule out making a bid for Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba. (Goal)

Verdict: It's not an "impossibility" says Redknapp. He's off.

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom want to sign Wolfsburg’s £5m-rated Germany striker Patrick Helmes. (Daily Mirror)

Verdict: Out-of-favour forward could be a fruitful partner for Peter Odemwingie.

Wigan Athletic

Tony Pulis is being linked with a move for Wigan's Mohamed Diame but faces competition from Wolves and Real Betis for the midfielder. (Setanta)

Verdict: Diame's off. Everyone always leaves Wigan at the first possible opportunity.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers are understood to have both made moves for Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha. (Football 365)

Verdict: Former under-21 star is in demand but Molineux seems unlikely destination.