LIVERPOOL have told Andy Carroll to accept his Anfield career is over and leave before tomorrow’s transfer deadline as they look for ways of financing bids for Theo Walcott and Clint Dempsey. Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to persuade the striker to accept his time at the club is over as he attempts to raise funds for new signings. Though the England striker has consistently made it clear he does not want to leave Anfield, his omission from the squad for Thursday night’s Europa League qualifier against Hearts effectively means his Liverpool career is over.
But Carroll remains committed to Liverpool, having already turned down one proposed move to West Ham. Newcastle’s offer to take Carroll on a season-long loan remains on the table.Walcott and Arsene Wenger reached a fragile agreement yesterday after two hours of talks about a new contract which remains unsigned – and Liverpool are keen to give it an immediate test. But the stark financial reality at the club, caused by past transfer excesses, means manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to sell first and he wants to get rid of England striker Carroll. Asked if Carroll would still be a Liverpool player when the window closes tomorrow night, Rodgers said: “It is too early to say. I can only be straight with a player on where he stands. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would like to add Theo Walcott to his squad, even though it emerged the Arsenal forward will see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates after holding amicable talks with Arsene Wenger. “The reality is, financially, we need to repair, so the players being linked for the money mentioned, I don’t have the ability to sign in this window,” Rodgers said. “I respect players and I’m precise with my information so they know where they stand. We all come into the profession knowing what the job is. Ultimately, it comes down to what your objective is as a player”, he continued.
But should Liverpool offload Carroll, they would be in a position to test Arsenal’s resolve on Walcott, who earlier this summer turned down a new five-year deal worth £75,000 per week. When asked whether Liverpool could afford to buy without selling, Rodgers replied: ‘No. Not at this stage, obviously I have seen a lot of the links and it is great that those players would want to come here but the reality is that we are not in a position to do those sorts of deals.’