Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Andy Carroll Loan To A.C. Milan Could Smooth Klaas-Jan Huntelaar For Ansfield Landing

 IBTimes Staff Reporter  on August 28 2012 3:25 PM

According to Goal.com, A.C. Milan and Liverpool are in the process of negotiating a season-long loan deal that would send Liverpool forward Andy Carroll to the Italian club.

Currently, the clubs are trying to whittle down the difference between the €3m payment that Liverpool is asking for and the €1.5 that A.C. Milan is offering.

Carroll is expected to somewhat fill the role vacated by striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his 28 goals in 32 matches. Carroll doesn't possess Zlatan's overall goal-scoring ability but his aerial prowess is unmatched.

Carroll had the best aerial duel success rate of all Premier League strikers last season but has been a subject of transfer rumors since Brendan Rodgers was hired as Liverpool manager and Carroll has struggled to return to form.

Carroll joined Liverpool in 2011 a British-record £35 million and has actually improved his form. Against Manchester City, Sunday Carroll came on for Fabio Borini in the 84th minute and scored a header that resulted in a 2-2 tie.

However, the Reds have reportedly agreed to a deal that would bring Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to the club for €18 m but they must first sell Carroll before signing Huntelaar. Last season, Huntelaar was the top scorer in Bundesliga with 29 goals and has 12 months remaining on his current contract.

Earlier transfer negotiations between Liverpool and Newcastle that would send Carroll to St. James' Park appear to be stuck in the mud and it remains to be seen whether this deal will be enough for Liverpool to finance Huntelaar''s acquisition.