Former striker could return to St James’ Park in the summer.
Newcastle United are considering making a move to bring former striker Andy Carroll back to the club in the summer.
The St James’ Park club sold England international forward Carroll to Liverpool two years again in a £33million deal, but his days at Anfield are expected to come to an end this summer when he will be sold for around £17million.
And Newcastle have joined West Ham, who have first refusal on Carroll’s signature as part of the season-long loan deal that he is spending at Upton Park this season, in the race to capture the 24-year-old.
Newcastle United managing director Derek Llambias told the Evening Chronicle: “We’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Andy here. He’s a character and he’s getting older and more mature – and he’s stronger.
“It’s unlucky what has happened at West Ham. But he scored a great goal at the weekend. He’s still got a house up here. Andy was part and parcel of our growth.”
Carroll scored 33 goals in 91 appearances for his hometown club before joining Liverpool, where he has endured a miserable two years. While at West Ham this season, injury problems have meant Carroll has played only 12 times, scoring twice.