Ex-Newcastle ace could return to St. James’

Andy Carroll, West Ham strikerAlan Pardew has revealed that he is considering bringing target man Andy Carroll back to Newcastle following the England international’s bright start to the season for West Ham.

The two clubs battled it out in the Premier League yesterday afternoon, with the Hammers recording a 1-0 victory at St. James’ park.

The striker was exiled to Upton Park by the incoming Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in the summer and Pardew believes the lanky front man will still be out of favour at the end of the season.

The Magpies will then have the perfect opportunity to broker a deal bringing Carroll back to his old club, where he scored 31 goals in 80 league games before his £35million move to Anfield in January 2011.

Carroll is yet to score this campaign, but has formed a formidable partnership with ex-Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan. The 30-year-old has now netted on five occasions, including one against his old club yesterday after 37 minutes, which proved to be the deciding goal.

After the game, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admitted he would like to re-sign both of his former players.

“Big Andy hopefully one day will want to come back and certainly I’d like to have them both [Carroll and Nolan] in my squad now because we would be stronger for it.”

Speaking about Carroll directly, Pardew told reporters: “He’s a Liverpool player and not wanted so at some point he’s going to move permanently.

“I’d like to think we’ll be in the mix for that.

The former Charlton and West Ham manager believes the England forward has been a great servant to the club, and the Magpies’ current success owes much to Carroll’s huge transfer fee.

“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 and we owe a great debt to him” Pardew added.

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