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.