Newly-promoted outfit eyeing surprise move for Carroll.
Monaco are lining-up a shock move for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Carroll’s season-long loan at West Ham United ends after the Hammers’ Premier League finale against Reading on Sunday, and boss Sam Allardyce has made no secret of his desire to sign the 24-year-old permanently.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is understood to be willing to sell Carroll, who cost his Anfield predecessor Kenny Dalglish £35m in January 2011.
Newcastle, who sold the 24-year-old to Liverpool, are also in the running but, like West Ham, their valuation of the forward is considerably less than Liverpool’s.
Having gained promotion back to Ligue 1, mega-rich Monaco have been linked with a host of big-name stars, including Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao and Carlos Tevez of Manchester City.
The club, managed by former Chelsea head-coach Claudio Ranieri and backed by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, could comfortably afford to meet Liverpool’s asking price for Carroll, as they seek to qualify for the 2013/14 Champions League.