Newcastle United managing director Derek Llambias is convinced they turned over Liverpool for the sale of Andy Carroll. The Sunday Mirror reports the Toon MD's disparaging verdict on England striker Carroll came when he was giving a group of Newcastle fans an insight into the £35million deal that took the England striker to Liverpool in January.
Llambias insists that Newcastle got the better of the deal.
The Anfield club's first bid was £30m and Llambias told the fans: "I have to admit that £30m for Andy Carroll is a lot of money."
When one supporter asked him "Is he worth £30m?" Llambias responded: "No - he's worth f*** all." He then explains that after rejecting the £30m offer, Newcastle refused to sell even for £35m unless Liverpool paid the entire fee up front.
Llambias explained: "It is about control.
"We had the control. We knew the Torres deal was there.
"We drew that f****** deal, perhaps the ultimate.
"So £30m? F*** off! Don't waste my time and I slammed the phone down.
"£35m? Everybody including Pardew [manager Alan Pardew] all agreed.
"But the £35m they wanted to pay over four years. It was rubbish. Mike (Ashley) said - and he is a brave boy Mike I promise you - get all the £35m up front.
"We got it all up front and then they never paid us on time and we charged them 12 grand f****** interest."