Newcastle United have accepted Liverpool’s £35m bid for Andy Carroll, a British record transfer fee that could lead to the departure of Fernando Torres to Chelsea ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.
“Liverpool FC confirmed this afternoon that Newcastle United had accepted a club record offer for the transfer of Andy Carroll,” said a statement on Liverpool’s website.
“The club have been given permission by Newcastle to discuss personal terms with the player, who will now travel to Liverpool for a medical.”
Liverpool, who are also close to completing the £22.8m signing of the striker Luis Suárez from Ajax, moved for the 22-year-old offer this morning.
Newcastle confirmed the Carroll deal: “A transfer request has been accepted by Newcastle United for Magpies striker Andy Carroll. The 22-year-old England international has this afternoon handed in a transfer request, which has reluctantly been accepted by the club, and Carroll is currently in talks with Liverpool over a move to Anfield.”
Newcastle turned down their initial bid of £25m but made it clear they would consider selling their prized asset for an extra £10m. Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, then agreed to a club-record transfer and are now waiting for the St James Park outfit to ratify the transfer.
The centre-forward has only played a total of 41 games at Premier League level and has courted controversy off the field during his brief career.