North-East report makes intriguing admission after Andy Carroll is linked with NUFC return

After a ‘bust up’ with David Moyes, seeing the bookies make us 3/1 favourites to sign him, the Chronicle have admitted that Rafa Benitez is actually a ‘known admirer’ of Andy Carroll – refusing to rule out a potential move for the striker this summer.

Despite several injuries and stuttering spells at Liverpool and West Ham, the Gateshead born striker has  bee consistently linked with a move back to Tyneside ever since he was sold for £35m back in January 2011.

It was confirmed yesterday that he’s been involved in a heated clash with West Ham boss David Moyes, leaving his future with the Hammers well and truly up in the air.

As ever, this has fuelled inevitable rumours that he may finally seal his return to St James’ this summer, but there could actually be some substance to this..

Here’s what the Chronicle have had to say about the situation, stating Benitez is a big fan of the 6ft 4′ striker – suggesting a summer move could yet be on the cards:



“Rafa Benitez is a known admirer of the Geordie striker who will turn 30 next season.

“Not only that but he will be in need of a new striker during the summer transfer window after Islam Slimani’s loan spell on Tyneside did not work out.”

It’s fair to say fans are totally split on this one – and rightly so. Given his age, injury record and potentially high wages, I can see why plenty would be against bringing him back, however there’s also reason to believe he could be revitalised playing back at his boyhood club under Rafa.

It’d be a risk either way and one I can’t see Rafa taking in the end, but it’s very interesting to read that the Spaniard is a ‘big fan’ of the striker.

Let us know your thoughts folks. Would you like to see Benitez bring him back this summer?

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

4 thoughts on “North-East report makes intriguing admission after Andy Carroll is linked with NUFC return

  1. Nufc11:
    The man is worse than Wilshere for injuries great striker tho

    Yeh, such a shame really. I’d like to see it happen but only IF..

    1) Fee was reasonable (he’s 30 this year!)
    2) He was one of two/three strikers signed (can’t rely on him staying fit).
    3) Compromise on wages / pay as you play? (or something along those lines)

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  2. Olly Hawkins: Yeh, such a shame really. I’d like to see it happen but only IF..

    1) Fee was reasonable (he’s 30 this year!)
    2) He was one of two/three strikers signed (can’t rely on him staying fit).
    3) Compromise on wages / pay as you play? (or something along those lines)

    I agree on points 1 and 2 I can’t see any player agreeing to pay as you play though. I’d take him for 10 million.

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  3. Where do these stories come from. Nearly always injured, getting on a bit, is he rafa’s type of player.
    Players from relegated clubs being touted in articles like this.
    Why? Are Newcastle only capable of attracting the dregs of the Premiership?
    Talking about taking a step backwards, building a team to get us back out the championship next season. 😥

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