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02 Feb 2011 01:24:36

Alan Pardew claims Andy Carroll wanted to leave Newcastle for Liverpool

The fall-out after Andy Carroll's departure from Newcastle has descended into a war of words between the ?35million Liverpool forward and Toon boss Alan Pardew. Carroll maintains he was forced out of St James' Park by owner Mike Ashley, managing director Derek Llambias and Pardew following Liverpool's incredible bid for the England striker on Monday. Pardew claimed the 21-year-old wanted to quit Tyneside after his pleas for a new contract were rejected. War of words: Carroll claims he was forced to leave Newcastle for Anfield The Newcastle boss said: 'Some of the things he said, he's slightly misguided. We certainly didn't twist his arm to put in the request or get on the helicopter. He had a five-year contract, we said we would renew it in the summer. 'He wanted to renew it straight away. He indicated to me in my room that he wanted a new deal, and if he couldn't get that new deal he wanted the option of talking to Liverpool. 'I said, 'You need to put that in writing', and he did and that's it. We have not tried to sell Andy Carroll. 'When I was asked, he was not for sale. But when you get a player who is the commodity that he is, you are going to get the big, big clubs involved with him and his representatives. Unfortunately for us, that has happened. 'We knocked back so many bids for him and I was adamant he wasn't going to go until extraordinary circumstances came along. 'When I first heard the bid from Liverpool at 8am, a substantial bid, my advice was to turn it down. But the figure is a record for a British player, a 21-year-old who has done six months in the Premier League.' Denial: Alan Pardew claims Carroll could have stayed on Tyneside Carroll, who Pardew revealed is out for at least a month with a thigh problem, insists he was forced to put in a transfer request and 'pushed out'. He said: 'I was in talks about a new contract with the gaffer. He told me they were now not going to give me a contract. That was as soon as the offer of ?30million came in. 'I asked why and he said his hands were tied. He said it wasn't up to him and then I was allowed to talk to Liverpool. The owner made it clear to me that I was not wanted, saying that his own helicopter was waiting for me to go down to talk to them. 'Derek asked me to hand in a transfer request. I had no choice. 'I'm gutted that I wasn't wanted at my home team. I didn't want to leave at all.' Pardew reassured Newcastle fans that the ?35m would be re-invested in players. 'That is Andy's legacy to the team,' he said. 'I told Mike, 'Look, if that boy is going, this money has to be reinvested in the team. All of it'. And he assured me of that. 'It could not be used on Monday night. It would have been paying an inflated price for a lesser product than Andy Carroll.'  Carroll completes ?35m Liverpool move and then claims: I was forced out of Newcastle Dalglish: Liverpool was the only club for our new ?35m striker CarrollAll the latest Liverpool news, features and opinionAll the latest Newcastle news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias, Andy Carroll Places: Newcastle, Liverpool, United Kingdom


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