Loan deal likely for Carroll, Rodallega heading for Fulham and Fiorentina deny Chamakh interest
The Guardian reports that West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is lining up a shock loan deal for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.
The former Newcastle man moved to Merseyside for a record fee of £35million last year but struggled to repay the investment in his first season, scoring only four goals in 22 league games and earning 16 fantasy football points.
The Belfast Telegraph, meanwhile, is reporting that Newcastle themselves might be about to make a £10million move for Carroll, meaning Liverpool would suffer a £25million loss on the most expensive British player of all time.
In slightly better news for Liverpool, manager Brendan Rodgers has told Sky Sports that he is confident of holding onto Slovakian centre-back Martin Skrtel.
Skrtel, who scored 24 fantasy football points in 34 league games last season, has been linked with clubs including Manchester City this summer, but Rodgers said:
"I had a good feeling after I spoke to him. He is very committed to the cause. He has made it very clear that he wants to be here, fighting and working to make the club better."
In other news, the Daily Mail reports that Fulham have emerged as frontrunners in the race to sign former Wigan striker, Hugo Rodallega.
Everton have been monitoring the striker in the last few weeks but Fulham have stepped up their interest over the last 24 hours and are now favourites to land the Colombian centre-forward on a free transfer.
Wigan, meanwhile, are reportedly ready to launch a late bid to beat Aston Villa and Sunderland to the signature of Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis, according to Sky Sports.
Finally, despite reports this week that Fiorentina were ready to make an offer for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, the BBC is stating that the Italian side are now claiming their interest has cooled due to Chamakh's high wages.
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