The Sunday People and former Chronicle reporter Alan Oliver are reporting this Sunday that Newcastle United want to sign 25 year-old Andy Carroll from West Ham, after the striker spent half of last season at the club injured, and played only 16 games with two goals for the Hammers last term.
Andy Carroll – Newcastle in for their former striker
Andy has never hiot the heights he attained at Newcastle since he left for Liverpool in a sensational £35M move on January 31st, 2011, and after not making it at Liverpool he signed on at West for £17M last summer, and he got a massive six year deal where the Hammers are said to be paying him £100K/week.
At the time we said the deal was one that West Ham could simply not afford.
In fact the People report says the Hammers are paying out £120K a week for Andy, and if he is to come back to Newcastle he would have to take a big cut in wages.
So it’s not too much of a surprise that West Ham may want to unload Andy this summer, because he an expensive player for them who doesn’t play that many games for the London club.
And in two full seasons at West Ham, the first season on loan from Liverpool, he has made only 40 appearances with 9 goals..
And since the Hammers have paid out some good money for two strikers this summer to bring Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate on board – they could now want to sell Carroll.
This is what a Newcastle insider has told the People:
“Like all Geordies, Andy Carroll has never lost his love for Newcastle, and we are sure if West Ham agree to sell we would have no difficulty in persuading him to come home.”
Alan Pardew wants Andy Carroll back on Tyneside, and it’s reported Newcastle will pay West Ham around £15M to bring Andy home.
But his massive wages will be a problem, and we cannot see Newcastle paying the Geordie lad £100K/week, when he has been injury prone over the last few seasons.
The news is that Newcastle are preparing to bid for Andy, but this is not the first time the People have reported Newcastle are in for Carroll, but this time it could be true, because Andy is very expensive to the Hammers.
Newcastle still have to sign two top strikers this summer, but one concern we have with Andy is his poor injury record since he left Newcastle, and remember when he signed that massive deal to move to Liverpool for £35M three and a half years ago – he was also injured.
But this news will still be good news for Newcastle fans, because the Magpies will be able to get the very best out of the Gateshead-born striker, who scored 33 goals in 91 games while at Newcastle, where he graduated through our Youth Academy.
Andy will want to come back to his home-town club Newcastle, there’s no doubt about that, but whether he will take a rather massive wage cut to do that is the big question.
What do you think?
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