Sky Sports has learned that Andy Carroll does not want to leave Liverpool on a permanent basis and would only reluctantly consider a loan move.
Sky Sports News reporter David Craig has been speaking with sources extremely close to the England international following several days of speculation over his future.
Brendan Rodgers admitted earlier this week that a loan exit was a possibility for the £35million forward, with West Ham, former club Newcastle and AC Milan all linked with his services.
But Carroll is settled on Merseyside and feels he has built a good relationship with the players and supporters and has a lot of respect for new manager Rodgers.
The 23-year-old would only entertain the possibility of moving away from Anfield if it was a loan deal where he could prove his worth to the former Swansea manager before returning to his parent club.
However, Liverpool are understood to not be interested in a temporary exit and are waiting to see if any of the clubs who have been linked follow up that interest with a concrete bid.
Carroll, who was included in England's Euro 2012 squad and scored in the victory over Sweden, has managed just six Premier League goals in 42 appearances following his January 2011 arrival from Newcastle.
His future at Anfield has been cast into further doubt by the recent arrival of forward Fabio Borini from Roma as Rodgers looks to make his mark on the squad he inherited from Kenny Dalglish.