Newcastle/Carroll talk easy to understand


andy-carrollFresh speculation that Andy Carroll could become a Newcastle target in January has arisen this morning …and it’s easy to understand why!

With Toon boss Alan Pardew under increasing pressure despite an excellent comeback to draw 2-2 against Hull, he needs to pull a master-stroke signing.

And should he remain in charge, a Tyneside return for Carroll would certainly fit the bill, particularly with the fans if the player.

Publicly,the Hammers will insist that the striker remains very central to their plans but the arrival of Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate has changed everything at Upton Park.

And were they to be offered around half the £15.5 million they paid for Carroll that could concentrate minds within the boardroom.

There is still no return date being placed on Carroll although it is well known that he believes he could be ready by October 25.

However, should it be the end of November that would give him a couple of months to prove his fitness and possibly attract a bid.

The two clubs were reported to have be holding preliminary talks in the summer but these were put on hold when the player sustained an ankle injury.

Now there’s more than a chance that Newcastle will monitor the situation with a view to a possible return always assuming that Pardew remains in the manager’s position.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Michael Miller says:

    Taxi for Mr Carroll!

    Oh, and see if you can fit Nolan in as well!

  • Roman says:

    Thoroughly agree Michael.I am still not convinced about BFS having a future at West Ham.I suspect whatever happens this season, it will be his last.Would be interested to hear comments about his prospects.

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