…for A Christmas Carol: read, Andy Carroll. Or Are Man Utd & Spurs muppets for even considering it?
Sir Alex Ferguson has added his name to Harry Redknapp’s in the list of managers hunting the Gateshead target man and ready to test the mettle of both Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley over how much they would want and be able to keep the 21-year old striker.
Although various international clubs, including Real Madrid, have showed a slight interest in Carroll, it is doubtful that he will leave the country at this time. If only because, considering he has to live at Kevin Nolan’s house, which would be one heck of a daily commute!
As much as Alan Pardew has made it completely and totally clear that Carroll is not for sale at this time. Quoted as saying:
“Andy’s career path is here, he just has to keep working hard. We have to have a big-club mentality and hold on to our best players.”
It is much easier said than done, as much as Pardew obviously wants to keep him, strong offers in the £20m region will not only tempt Mike Ashley, but may well force his hand to sell.
Whether Fergie sees him as Berbatov’s replacement or Redknapp as Crouch’s enough in order to part with such a sum to loosen Ashley’s exit door is unknown.
What is known is the fact that both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are queuing up to put the pressure on the Sports-Direct man to sell up.
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