Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly had a £23m bid for Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll rejected.
The England international has been extremely impressive during his debut season in the Premier League, bagging 11 goals for his club, and being a constant menace to defences.
The 6″5 powerhouse striker’s displays have seen him linked with numerous top-flight rivals, although he has recently been sidelined with a thigh injury, which has seen him fly out to Sweden to visit a specialist.
Nonetheless that hasn’t stopped Spurs boss Harry Redknapp from pursuing the striker, who made his England debut in the November defeat to France.
Redknapp sees Carroll as the man who can terrorise defences and fire the goals at White Hart Lane that turn his top-four challengers into genuine title contenders.
Redknapp’s current crop of strikers have proved very goal-shy in the Premier League this season, (Roman Pavlyuchenko has five, Jermain Defoe has none, Peter Crouch has one and Robbie Keane also has none) and although Crouch has been a key part of Tottenham’s side so far this season, making a number of key assists for others, Redknapp sees Carroll as an upgrade on his current target-man.
However, Alan Pardew and Newcastle United are not keen on parting with their prize asset making it known in no uncertain terms that their number nine is not for sale.
A high-ranking Newcastle official told Sky Sports News: “The club would like to make it clear for the very last time that Carroll is simply not for sale.”
The source also went on to call the offer ‘paltry in the current climate.’
Nevertheless, it is believed that if Spurs return to St James’ Park with a £30m offer by the close of the transfer window (11pm Monday evening), the the Toon Army would be willing to allow Carroll to negotiate with the North London club.