Torres, Carroll And Owen Make Newcastle United The Biggest Losers
IN 1995 2005, Newcastle bid £29.5m for Fernando Torres. Six years on and Torres has gone to Chelsea for £50m. His departure from Liverpool hastened a panicky £35m purchase of Andy Carroll, from Newcastle. This leaves the Magpies fans without of their local hero. But the club’s owners do have loadsa cash, and the supporters get to cheer on Shola Ameobi up front.
As Torres said at the time of the failed bid:
“Newcastle’s offer came at the last minute when the Primera Liga had already started… The truth is that I’m very happy they [Atletico Madrid] didn’t negotiate.”
And who did Newcastle buy instead for £17m? Answer: Michael Owen.
A Geordie might weep…