Newcastle boss Pardew tells Liverpool to get real over Carroll price | Transfers | Tribal Football

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has told Liverpool to get real about Andy Carroll’s price.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has told Liverpool to get real about Andy Carroll’s price.

The Magpies have made it clear they are unwilling to meet Liverpool‘s rumoured asking price of £20m to secure a permanent switch.

Pards said: “Reading chairman John Madejski used to say to me about certain players, ’Just wipe your nose and move on’, and I think Liverpool are going to have to do that with Andy.

“I think it was obvious as soon as Brendan Rodgers went into Liverpool that Andy’s time was going to have to be somewhere else. I think it’s quite right we’re involved in that.

“But whether he comes here is something I will take or I will leave.

“It’s a lot of money, although we’ll obviously be getting a big upside in terms of what we sold him for, and we’ve got three great strikers here already.

“Of course, as the manager, I want the best players I can get.”

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Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City all in Benfica contact for Witsel | Transfers | Tribal Football

Premier League clubs remain keen on Benfica star Axel Witsel.The Sun says Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have been told they must stump up £31million to land Witsel.

Premier League clubs remain keen on Benfica star Axel Witsel.

The Sun says Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have been told they must stump up £31million to land Witsel.

That is the figure which will trigger a release clause in the powerful Belgian international midfielder’s five-year contract at Benfica.

The Lisbon giants only landed Witsel, 23, from Standard Liege 12 months ago, but already he is being targeted by some of Europe’s top teams.

Kafoumba Coulibaly excited about Fulham, Villa interest | Transfers | Tribal Football

Nice midfielder Kafoumba Coulibaly is excited by Premier League interest.The defensive midfielder has sent a ‘come and get me’ plea to Fulham, Aston Villa and Norwich City.

Nice midfielder Kafoumba Coulibaly is excited by Premier League interest.

The defensive midfielder has sent a ‘come and get me’ plea to Fulham, Aston Villa and Norwich City.

Ivory Coast midfielder Coulibaly, 26, said: “Hopefully, Nice will accept a bid for me.”

West Brom boss Clarke yet to see new signing Yacob in action | Transfers | Tribal Football

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke admits he’s never seen new signing Claudio Yacob actually play.

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke admits he’s never seen new signing Claudio Yacob actually play.

Albion snapped up the Argentina midfielder, 25, on a free after he was released by Racing Club de Avellaneda.

Yet new Baggies boss Clarke said: “I knew his name but I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I said I’d seen him play before I came to Albion.

“He was one of the players flagged up.”

Yacob has a hardman reputation. Clarke added: “Don’t underestimate his power. He’s tough enough.

“These Argentinian leagues are tough and he’s already shown a good mentality. He’ll give us something different.”

Podolski set to take Van Persie No10 shirt at Arsenal | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Lukas Podolski is expected to eventually take Robin van Persie’s No10 shirt at Arsenal.

Lukas Podolski is expected to eventually take Robin van Persie‘s No10 shirt at Arsenal.

The Sun says Van Persie is desperate to leave the Emirates but retained his number 10 in manager Arsene Wenger’s initial plans for the new campaign.

Podolski’s number is ‘yet to be confirmed’ by the club, but Van Persie’s departure would leave the door open for the German forward to take the Dutchman’s shirt.

Liverpool owner Henry: Suarez saga didn't influence Dalglish axe | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Liverpool chairman John W Henry insists the Luis Suarez saga did not have an influence on Kenny Dalglish’s dismissal.

Liverpool chairman John W Henry insists the Luis Suarez saga did not have an influence on Kenny Dalglish‘s dismissal.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed last week Dalglish paid the penalty for Liverpool’s handling over the Luis Suarez furore but Henry insisted that was not the case.

“That did not really play a part,” he told the Daily Mail. “I did not come into play. We have been into the factors why (Dalglish was sacked). No one issue is going to determine the long term viability of the club.”

Liverpool owner Henry: FA Cup wouldn't have saved Dalglish | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Liverpool owner John W Henry admits the decision to sack Kenny Dalglish had been made before the end of last season.

Liverpool owner John W Henry admits the decision to sack Kenny Dalglish had been made before the end of last season.

Liverpool legend Dalglish was axed from his second spell in charge three days after the end of last season after the club finished eighth in the Barclays Premier League.

“We had a very poor second half to the season last year. But we did not attribute that to Kenny as such, the things he and Steve (Clarke) were doing,” Henry told the Daily Mail before Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Roma in Boston last night.

“The FA Cup would not have made any difference had he won it, no, no. We were 17th (in the form table) over the second half of the season and Liverpool should not be in that position.

“I don’t place the blame on Kenny and Steve – but I think it was obvious to every Liverpool fan that something was wrong and something needed to be done in the current circumstances.”