Kevin Nolan says landing Andy Carroll is not “the be all and end all” and they will find a replacement if he doesn’t come.
Sam Allardyce would love to build next season’s team around the England striker, who impressed during his loan spell from Liverpool despite only scoring seven times, but it is looking unlikely after reports on Tuesday claimed he wanted to return to the Reds.
Nolan, who played with Carroll during their spells on Tyneside, hopes to see his good friend back in claret and blue, but says if that is not going to be the case they will find a replacement.
“It will be massive if we do get Andy, but it is not the be all and end all,” Nolan said.
“I have been with Sam a long time. When he did not manage to get his first man, he has always managed to get his second man and we always manage to do well.
“If he gets the chance to bring the quality of the players he wants, then I am sure we will be aiming for the higher echelons of the Premier League.
“I have a lot of faith that Sam will get the men he wants in the summer and will be working hard with the chairman to do that.”
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