As reported by The Daily Mirror, Newcastle United are considering making a shock move for West Ham United striker Andy Carroll this summer.
Homegrown Magpies talent Carroll spent five seasons in the senior side at St James’ Park, scoring 33 goals and making himself a fan favourite before his high profile switch to Liverpool in 2011.
The Mirror say that Rafa Benitez is preparing a season long loan deal for the Hammers man, as he looks to give his faltering attack the boost it needs if they are to score the goals to keep them clear of relegation.
Does Carroll still have the ability to be the attacking for Newcastle require?
Andy Carroll has had ups and downs since leaving the North East but the running theme throughout his career, whether at Liverpool or West Ham United has been injury. They’ve blighted his career and what should have been a stellar English Premier League career has stalled to the extent that, as The Mirror report, West Ham are willing to part with him.
If Newcastle could somehow keep him fit then he certainly has the quality the Magpies are looking for up front. He could be the battering ram focal point they need to win points in the top-flight and even through injury again last season he still managed to score seven goals for the Hammers.
The reported loan move seems risk free and it it pays off, it could be an emotional and magical return.