Uproar over Carroll sale

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Alan Shearer predicted there would be uproar among Newcastle’s supporters after the club agreed to sell Andy Carroll to Liverpool last night.

Star striker Carroll was tonight putting the finishing touches to a big-money deal taking him to Anfield effectively as a replacement for Chelsea-bound Fernando Torres.

Shearer recognised the price for Carroll, thought to be around £35million, was “an incredible amount of money” which the club would find difficult to turn down.

But the Newcastle legend believes fans will nevertheless be fuming about the deal.

“I think they’ll be angry. They’ll feel hard done by. He’s just recently signed a new contract,” Shearer said. “And after listening to Andy say he wants to stay at Newcastle, and listening to the chief executive and the owner and the manager saying he was going nowhere, I think they’ll be disappointed, because they don’t want to see their top player go.

“The fans are not really interested in the financial side of things. But from the club’s point of view, you’ve got to say that £35million, or whatever it is, is just a massive amount of money.

“If you’re inside the football club you can see why they’ve had to accept that.

“It’s only a good deal if Newcastle at the end of the season go out and spend £35-40million on bringing someone, or a couple of players, in to replace him.”