West Ham United striker Andy Carroll could be set to make a return to Newcastle, according to The Sun.
The Englishman who left Newcastle in a £35 million transfer to Liverpool in 2011, looks set to follow departing manager Sam Allardyce out the door and may even be prepared to take a pay cut to return to his boyhood club.
Joining West Ham two seasons ago for £17 million, he has hardly played for the side, making just 27 appearances due to a prolonged battle with injury.
With West Ham set for a more attractive style next season, the aerial game that favours Carroll could be off the agenda, limiting the striker's involvement.
Combine this with Mike Ashley's promise to invest in Newcastle this summer and the scene could certainly be set for a U-turn.
Famous number 9
It may also appeal to the businessman in Ashley, who would be expected to pay around £10-15 million for the player he sold for double that just four years ago, meaning he will still have made a hefty profit on the 26-year old.
Carroll experienced arguably the best form of his career at Newcastle, finishing as the clubs top scorer in 2010 with 19 goals in all competitions.
He was then honoured the next season with the famous number nine shirt, rising to the occasion with his first career hat-trick against Aston Villa, only to be sold five months later.
Change at West Ham
West Ham have never seen the best of Carroll, as he failed to reach the form he showed when he was on loan at the club before signing permanently, scoring seven goals in 24 appearances.
The owners are reportedly looking to bring in five new faces this summer and are to give the manager £25 million to spend, which could rise to around £40 million if the side chooses to cash in on Carroll.
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