Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has claimed that the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool has funded the recent success at St James’ Park ahead of the strikers return with West Ham on Sunday, as reported by The Sun.

Pardew has made some impressive signings over the past few years, including Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye and the former West Ham boss is thankful of the money that Carroll brought in.

“The position we are in, if I’m honest, is because we used the money from Andy’s sale well,”

“He was a brilliant player for us, but the fee was astronomical. We have used it well and we owe a great debt to him.

“It’s nice to see Kevin come back — he did a super job here. Whatever he was asked to do, he conducted himself well.

“And he gets a goal. He has proven that at any level, he will get a goal.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them both and I enjoyed working with them.

“There will be a lot on the game. Kevin will be determined to get a result, as will Andy and the manager coming back.”