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Newcastle targeting January return for West Ham striker Andy Carroll

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Andy Carroll could be set for a shock move back to former club Newcastle United in January, according to the Mirror.

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is said to be keen on signing the West Ham striker and will hope the Englishman's goals will prevent the Magpies from relegation this season.

The towering striker started his footballing career at St James' Park after coming through their Academy ranks. He played 80 times from 2006 to 2011, scoring 33 goals in the process.

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His goalscoring exploits encouraged Liverpool to bid £35 million for his services in 2011 following the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea, making Carroll the most expensive British footballer of all time. The record has since been broken by Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid.

Carroll's tenure at Liverpool was one to be forgotten. He struggled to live up to his astonishing transfer fee and scored only twice in his first season, 11 in total across his three-year stay on Merseyside.

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Poor performances and a lack of goals resulted in a loan move to the Hammers in 2012 despite an impressive Euros with England. The 26-year-old showed good form for his new club and subsequently earned a permanent move for £15 million the season after.

Since making his move permanent, however, Carroll has suffered an injury-ravaged career, spending months on the treatment table and finding chances limited due to the signings of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.

Now, though, the striker, who has scored just once this season, is said to be attracting the interest of former employers Newcastle, who are currently sat 17th in the Premier League table.

With a goal difference of -9, the Toon are desperate to add goals to their performances and hope Carroll can help in that department.

Whether he will be keen on a return to Tyneside is another question, but a move to Newcastle in January could offer him the opportunity to reignite his career and even earn a recall to the England squad for next summer's European Championships in France.

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