Newcastle are in the driving seat to re-sign Andy Carroll after it was revealed he would only leave Liverpool for European football.
The England striker is understood to be keen on staying at Anfield and proving himself to new manager Brendan Rodgers but is becoming increasingly aware of the fact that his future may lie elsewhere.
And with European football being a deal breaker for any club looking to sign him from Liverpool, it would appear Newcastle, who he left to join Liverpool for £35m in January 2011, have the advantage over West Ham who are also understood to be keen on the 23-year-old’s services.
Reports suggest the Hammers have tabled a club record bid in an attempt to convince Liverpool they are serious about signing Carroll.
Rodgers is beginning to remodel his squad and while he insists there is no chance of Carroll leaving Liverpool on loan, he admits the Reds will consider any offers they receive for the forward.
"There is talk of him going on loan, but there is absolutely no way I would be looking to loan a player like that, especially after the investment the club have paid," Rodgers said last week.
"But his condition will be the same as every player. If an offer comes in for any player at the club we would either look at it, or dismiss it, and Andy's no different to that."