There have already been countless rumours regarding Newcastle United this summer, but there is one rumour that has surfaced for the fourth window in a row. Andy Carroll back to the Geordies.
Carroll left the Geordies back in 2011 for Liverpool in a huge £35 million deal. There have been a lot of reports saying that he is in the hunt for a return to his hometown of Newcastle. I think that would be a great move.
Reports suggest that he has been told the only way he will return to Newcastle will be on a pay as you play deal, which would be very wise from Newcastle considering Carroll's injury history.
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Since leaving the Magpies in 2011, Carroll's career has gone very much downhill. When he was at Liverpool his goalscoring form took a dramatic dip and, as a result, he was sold to West Ham for £15 million.
Liverpool accepted a £20 million pound loss just to get him off the wage bill. Since joining the Hammers, his goals have been there, but the appearances haven't been. He has missed more games through injury than he's actually played.
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Andy Carroll is perfect for Newcastle United
Having said all of this, you would be thinking: 'Why would Newcastle pay anything for this guy?'
Well, before all of this happened, he was one of the most prolific goalscorers in the entire Premier League. He was banging them in for fun. I watched him score every single type of goal - from thirty-yard screamers to three-yard tap-ins. This means that he has it in him, all he needs to do is stay fit, and I think being at Newcastle would rekindle his form.
Carroll came through the ranks at his boyhood team and broke in to the team while the team were in the Championship.
When the club were promoted back to the Premier League, just before the season started Newcastle nearly sold him for just £1 million to Ipswich Town, but he stayed at the club and had a phenomenal first half of the season, this lead to the aforementioned £35 million switch to Liverpool.
Newcastle have made it no secret that they are looking for a new striker, Carroll would be a great one.
However, I don't think you could get Carroll and no other striker, though. Newcastle still need to buy Charlie Austin or Saido Berahino before they even think about Carroll.
Carroll would be a great striker to have in your team but with his injury problems, he would be a massive gamble. I hope Newcastle do get him because I miss the Carroll that scored at the European Championships in 2012.
I think it would be a great move for both parties, especially if he accepts a pay as you play deal.
Just know this, Andy Carroll needs Newcastle United more than Newcastle United need Andy Carroll.