Newcastle United are understood to be offered the chance to re-sign West Ham forward Andy Carroll for as little as £6 million in January, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
Andy Carroll is of course no stranger to the black and white stripes, having progressed through the Magpies’ youth ranks in spectacular fashion. Making his first team debut at the age of 17, Carroll enjoyed some further playing time between 2006 and 2007 before moving on loan to Preston North End for a six month spell from August 2007.
He went on to make 14 Premier League appearances in the 2008-09 season, scoring three goals but it wasn’t until the following season that he began to earn the plaudits. Following the relegation of Newcastle and the departures of high-profile strikers like Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins, Carroll was given a chance to shine in the Championship forming partnerships with both Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands. He finished the season as Newcastle’s top scorer with 19 goals in all competitions.
Following Newcastle’s promotion in 2010, Carroll set the Premier League alight, reaching double scoring figures in the five months previous to his well-publicised transfer to Liverpool on January transfer deadline day. With the departure of Fernando Torres to Chelsea, Liverpool were looking for a new striker and Kenny Dalglish invested his faith in Carroll.
Ultimately, however, his £35 million move failed to develop into the lethal piece of business it had threatened to be and Carroll was moved on loan to West Ham for the 2012-13 season following the arrival of Brendan Rodgers to Anfield. He was snapped up on a £15 million permanent deal almost a year later but after a string of injuries and mixed form, Carroll looks likely to move on sooner rather than later.
A good deal for all parties?
With Andy Carroll looking to reach the kind of form he showed prior to his Liverpool move to boost his England hopes, and West Ham perhaps looking to recoup some financial investment in one of their record signings following the arrival of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, both of whom have impressed, this deal certainly looks good on paper.
Alan Pardew has made no secret of his desire to boost his frontline at Newcastle having signed both Facundo Ferreyra and Emmanuel Riviere last summer and Carroll would look a strong piece of business for the fee quoted if he manages to recover his form.
However, with no official indication that West Ham are looking to offload him, and Carroll reportedly happy in London, this deal is still far from a forgone conclusion.
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