Newcastle United will have to pay £17m to bring Andy Carroll back from Liverpool

Newcastle United have reportedly been told that they will have to pay around £17m if they want to sign striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool this summer.

There had been rumours of a swap deal involving Hatem Ben Arfa, but now that seems unlikely.

According to The Mirror, although Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is a fan of the Frenchman, Liverpool are unwilling to take a risk on the player due to doubts over his fitness.

The Magpies sold Carroll to Liverpool for £35m in 2011 but are looking for a much cheaper deal to bring him back to St. James’ Park.

If a deal can not be agreed, then Newcastle manager Alan Pardew may look to the French transfer market and in particular Saint-Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

That could open the door for Carroll to move permanently to West Ham United, where he is currently on loan.

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