A deal to bring Andy Carroll back to St James’ Park is a ‘very live prospect’ according to the Shields Gazette’s Liam Kennedy.
The report states that a deal could be struck in September – providing he’s fully fit – with this expected to be month he’s able to return to training.
Here’s a snippet from his latest transfer piece for the the the Gazette, claiming a frantic final week of the summer window could be followed by a free agent move for Carroll in September:
“A deal for Andy Carroll remains a very live prospect.
“That deal will only be signed off when the England striker, released by West Ham United this summer, proves he is fully fit – with September thought to be a conservative estimate for his potential return to full training.”
A trial is not mentioned, but you would think this is something Steve Bruce would look at to prove he’s not only fit but looking in good shape ahead of any potential deal.
Regarding what sort of contract it would be, you’d think any move would see him land a low basic wage, combined with ‘pay as you play’ incentives.
After all, it’s quite clear Mike Ashley would not hand out big wages or a long contract to an injury prone 30-year-old who has rarely been fit over the past few years.