Carroll claims he was forced to quit Newcastle for Liverpool
Published 00:15 01/02/11 By Simon Bird
Andy Carroll broke the transfer record for a British player – then claimed he was forced out of Newcastle.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish paid £35million for him despite Toon turning down an earlier offer and saying they had tried to keep their star striker.
But Carroll arrived on Merseyside last night and took Fernando Torres’s No.9 shirt having already told Toon Talk fanzine he was told to go as Newcastle wanted the money.
In a series of texts as the clubs did the deal, he told fanzine editor Steve Wraith: “They have kind of said we don’t want u, but want me to say I wanna go. And I said I don’t wanna go.”
Asked what was going on, Carroll replied: “I don’t know mate. Gutted tho. They said they wanted the money. Gutted to be leaving my home club but I was practically told to go. Don’t want to leave. That’s why I signed five-year deal.”
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insisted from the day he took the job on December 9 that Carroll would not be sold and that the striker was one of the big attractions in his going to St James’ Park.
Despite having £35m in the bank, Newcastle failed to sign a replacement before last night’s transfer deadline, as Wigan rejected bids of £10 and £12m for Charles N’Zogbia.