NEW Liverpool signing Oussama Assaidi must wait for his debut – as Newcastle United were warned they won’t be able to buy Andy Carroll on the cheap.
Assaidi, a £3million arrival from Heerenveen last week, is ineligible for tomorrow night’s Europa League final qualifying round first leg tie at Scottish side Hearts.
The Moroccan winger appeared for Heerenveen in earlier qualifying rounds and is therefore cup tied.
However, the 24-year-old will be able to be included in the squad should Liverpool progress to next month’s group stages.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have no intention of allowing Carroll to leave Anfield in a cut-price move before next week’s transfer deadline.
Carroll has been told by new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers he cannot expect to be a regular starter, prompting interest from several clubs.
The England international is thought to have turned down bids to join London duo West Ham United and Fulham, along with Midlands side Aston Villa.
Newcastle would welcome Carroll back at St James’ Park but, with Liverpool not entertaining a season-long loan, are unwilling to match the £20million asking price.
Magpies manager Alan Pardew believes Carroll’s value will depreciate nearer the August 31 transfer deadline, and is considering lodging a cut-price offer.
However, Liverpool counterpart Rodgers will not allow Carroll to depart unless he has a suitable replacement lined up.
And with the clock ticking down until deadline day, it appears increasingly likely the forward will be left to fight for a first-team place at Anfield this season.