According to the Chronicle, ex-Mag Andy Carrol has been made available to sign for just £2m this month – just a few weeks after the club ‘swiftly rejected’ West Ham’s offer to swap him for Jonjo Shelvey.
It wouldn’t be the transfer window if we weren’t linked with a move to sign Andy Carroll, would it!
That said, if we’re ever going to bring the big man back to St James’ Park you’d think our last chance would be now – with a deal likely to be far more appealing if news of his £2m price tag is true.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s latest piece on the ex-NUFC number 9:
‘Former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll has been made available by West Ham United for just £2million.
‘With the Magpies reluctant to spend big in the transfer window, Carroll’s name has already been put to United this month, after West Ham enquired about a possible swap deal for Jonjo Shelvey.
‘This was rejected swiftly by United who have no plans to sell Shelvey on the cheap – despite a move back to the capital potentially appealing to the injured midfielder.’
‘Now 30, Carroll will be available on a free transfer this summer, and if the striker did have any thoughts about an emotional homecoming, and following in the footsteps of Geordie players such as Lee Clark, Peter Beardsley and Robbie Elliott, who all enjoyed a second stint on Tyneside, his next move represents his last big chance.’
With Joselu linked with a move to China, many may see Carroll as a brilliant cut-price replacement, however his total lack of reliability would be the big issue.
He’s played just a handful of games this season and always moments away from an injury that would keep him our for months. Not only that, would a 30-year-old Andy Carroll be able to play in the all action ‘Rondon-role’?
Not only that, the fee may be low, but his wages wouldn’t be – meaning any inevitable spell on the sidelines would be costing the club a fair amount, not to mention he would be tough to move on if his injuries persisted.
Would you have him back – or has this ship sailed for both Carroll and Newcastle United?