The Editor of Newcastle United fanzine Toon Talk claims that Andy Carroll was forced to join Liverpool and did not, as the club suggested, hand in a transfer request.
Steve Wraith has published a series of texts between himself and the striker, during which Carroll claims he did not want to leave Newcastle.
Carroll told Wraith he was “not going anywhere”, but by 5pm Carroll had said: “They have kind of said we don’t want u but want me to say I wanna go. And I said I don’t want to go.”
Newcastle claimed that they accepted Liverpool’s £35 million offer after the striker handed in a transfer request, but Carroll insisted: “No I didn’t that’s what I mean that’s what they wanted me to do and I said no. They said they wanted to accept it.”
Asked if he had no choice but to move to Anfield, he replied: “Looks like it.”
Wraith then asked Carroll if he had a message for the fans, to which Carroll replied: “They said they wanted the money. Gutted to be leaving Newcastle but I was kind of pushed out the door. Gutted to be leaving my home club but I was practically told to go. Didn’t want to leave that’s why I signed a five-year deal.”