Reds keen to do a swap deal involving Carroll.
Liverpool are weighing up an end-of-season move for Newcastle United playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa, says the Guardian.
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The highly-rated France international is believed to be unhappy at St James’ Park and only stayed in the North-East during the January transfer window due to the fact that the 25-year-old is currently suffering from a hamstring injury, which ruled out a possible move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is a known admirer of the midfield player and is understood to be considering making a summer move for Ben Arfa, whose current contract at Newcastle last until 2015, which would make such a transfer to Anfield a costly affair however.
But, with the Magpies keen to bring former front man Andy Carroll back to the club at the end of this season, Liverpool are hopeful that some sort of swap deal involving the two players can be worked out.
The giant England international is on a season-long loan at West Ham United at present, with the East End outfit having an option to buy the centre forward come the summer, although the Reds did remove a clause in the contract that stipulated that the Hammers had to purchase Carroll at the end of his loan spell.