The burly Geordie striker is currently at West Ham, where he has endured an injury ravaged 18 months since signing from Liverpool.
Carroll has been in and out of the Hammers’ first-team since moving to east London, yet fitness issues have been a recurring theme.
And now Newcastle are ready tempt him back to Tyneside with a January offer.
After watching Enner Valencia and Diafara Sakho settle well at Upton Park, Alan Pardew’s men are convinced that they can convince the Irons to cut their man loose.
Conversely, the Magpies are not as well loaded in the striking department, making a swoop for their former hero tempting.
An initial loan move is expected, with Newcastle then likely to pursue a permanent deal should the England international prove his form and fitness.
Carroll left St James’ Park in 2011 to join Liverpool in a £35m move.
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