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Newcastle Make Big Move To Bring Andy Carroll Home

2:07 am, Sunday, July 20th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 84 Comments

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.

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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.

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84 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sliema // Jul 20, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    No Thank you.
    If you’re reading this Andy. You’re sh!t. You bring nothing to the table. You’ve completely failed since leaving. You’re actually not particularly well thought of up North, we’re not that keen on having you back.

    Stay away lad. Stay away.

  • 2 Blofal // Jul 20, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    Carroll would be a great signing for us. He will play his heart out for his club and a big strong target man who can actually score from set pieces is what we need. It gives us another option up front. Personally I would play him off the bench against a tired defence.

    All you have to do is lob the ball into the box with Andy. But we also do need a fast striker who plays the ball on the ground. Riverie could be that man but nobody knows how he will do in the Premier League yet.

  • 3 Blofal // Jul 20, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    Silema that is just not true. Carroll is a lethal header of the ball. He is out of form due to injury but if we can manage that most Newcastle fans will welcome him home with open arms.

  • 4 bladeuser // Jul 20, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    Silema
    totally agree liads of fans dont want him back if you actually watch him in matches for the full 90 minutes u will realise what a crap player he actually is height and headers is all he has about him the board and kenny must have been pissed when they bought him for the bindippers
    lumping the ball up to a big man is old hat and has no more future in the game where was it in the world cup even a pleb like the england manager knows this but hey we have numb nuts in charge and he is as backward as u can get so stay away from the drunken ponytailed bum

  • 5 expatmag // Jul 20, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    It won’t happen. West Ham will want at least their money back and Carrol would have to take a substantial drop in wages to return.

    Forget about Bent eke as well. He is out till Christmas and having just signed a new 5 year contract last season, Villa will want close to 20 million for him. Furthermore, I cannot see Ashley pay a large salary for an injured player.

    Forget about Ings. He has already been quoted as saying he will not leave Burnley.

    Forget about PEA. Why on earth would he knows leave Dort mund especially for us when they are in the CL. What improvement can we possibly offer to his career?

    In my opinion, Pardue will have to settle for our existing strike force and big mike will be happy with a zero spend this window.

  • 6 89Norcal // Jul 20, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Sure Andy, you can come back to Newcastle. Only one thing though. About that salary……
    http://tinyurl.com/pdnzbhv

  • 7 g.s.tooner // Jul 20, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    @Blofal
    Newcastle turning round an injury prone player and getting him fit on a regular basis? That’ll be the day. Our injury record is abysmal.

    @sliema
    Agreed. Good riddance to bad rubbish. He was a thug with no respect for the shirt. It is the literal fairytale dream of any newcastle fan to be honoured with the no 9 shirt and he threw it away for money. Its not even as though he proved himself as a premier league goal scorer and then left for a footballing giant. He would need to work very hard to win me over.

    Personally if benteke could prove fitness is achievable he would be best option .

    Or maybe Carr can pull another gem out of the frog pool nobodies heard of before.

    Cant forget we still have Cisse atm too! His first half season wasnt a dream! He might come back to form with some decent service. Not sure he would play well with benteke or carol tho. theyre too muvh like ba and that just didnt work!

  • 8 jimmysmith // Jul 20, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    West Ham gave him a six year deal on 120 000 quid a week. Allardyce should be sacked for that alone. He never plays.

  • 9 g.s.tooner // Jul 20, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    Thats 37.5 million to put into context.

  • 10 Dark Cloud // Jul 20, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    Sliema / Bladeuser

    Do either of you actually watch football? I wonder…..’crap player’ ‘height and headers is all he has’ ‘shit, brings nothing to the table’…..are you two for real? Carroll is unplayable when he’s firing and fit, both on the floor and in the air….best example of his dominance is the Arsenal 1-0 away win a few seasons back. The only concern with Andy Carroll is fitness, he’s a cracking player and every Toon fan I know would love to see him back in a black & white shirt….

  • 11 p // Jul 20, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    I agree with darkcloud, on his day he is a serious handful.

    The issue is the story, it’s bollox. We would sign him on a free, that’s about it. if we were prepared to pay his fee and wages we would have had him last time.

  • 12 toon-mali // Jul 20, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Andy Carroll is sh*t and what are we doing with a player that west ham want to drop

  • 13 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 20, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Andy Carroll can be a world class forward. He’s one of the best headers in the world and he’s aerial threat is one of the best as well.

    He can bring alot of players into the game and bully centre backs. Shola was rubbish at it even though he’s just as big. I would welcome him with open arms.

  • 14 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 20, 2014 at 4:58 AM

    Even with West ham in the few games he played he was a huge problem especially against arsenal. just that players around him were rubbish.

  • 15 jimmysmith // Jul 20, 2014 at 5:02 AM

    If I was Andy Carroll I might consider returning to Newcastle on a lower wage, not simply to come home, but because he really has represented precious little value for money since he left. He is a fantastic talent, but he has taken far more from the game than he has earned, and after a while that must naw at your integrity.

  • 16 Shot Bru // Jul 20, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    Fat Sam deserves to be stuck with Carroll …120k a week…totally insane!!! Carroll has to be the biggest waste of money in the history of the Prem…combined transfer fees of $52 million in 3 years!!!

    What has he ever done to justify that sort of money?

  • 17 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Jul 20, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    Ask me bollix…

  • 18 croftus5678 // Jul 20, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    he’s not worth 15mil ! most he’s worth is 7mil !

    he’s always injured and still not a regular prem striker we sold him after only a half of season performance to liverpool .

  • 19 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Jul 20, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    Carroll’s turned into such a strange story. He can be very, very good when fit, but that is getting rarer and rarer. I’d take him for a cheap one or free but West Ham would never let him go cheaply.

    The team has to be set up for as many crosses into the box as possible to make him successful which is why I think Sam Allardyce is so ridiculously bad- just because it’s the vogue he plays wingers on the wrong sides with Downing on the right so they can cut in- why do you want them to cut inside when you have the striker with the best header in the league.

    It’s like he just does it because others are at the moment. Nolan has to play as well of course despite not actually being able to play that role any more, or able to actually run.

    At least we don’t have Allardyce any more!

  • 20 spitfire_ // Jul 20, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Jesus not the same sh!t… every transfer window is the same story.

  • 21 ethiotoon // Jul 20, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    I’d take Carroll over benteke or lukaku..
    Not sure he’d cost £15m but £10m may be a reasonable price.

  • 22 nut meg // Jul 20, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    We’ve spent years scouting creative players who can also score goals.Players who have pace & a football brain,who have movement.We have now brought these type of players to SJP so why would we want to waste a potentially very good pacey,inventive, exciting ,goal scoring midfield ??? If we buy a broken down wreck of a CF in Andy Carroll then Pardew should be fired out of a cannon,from a ship far out at sea straight into the icy waters of the North Sea.

  • 23 JAMSHA // Jul 20, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    2 mil an il.take him

  • 24 bobby mango // Jul 20, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    SDJ playing off Carroll could be very effective. Like Nolan did for us and now WHU, or how Van Der Vaart did for spurs.

  • 25 Toonmania // Jul 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    ethiotoon
    I’d take Carroll over benteke or lukaku..

    Hmmm damn sure I wouldn’t certainly not over Lukaku anyway he’s a far better player, Benteke’s showed his true colours when he re-signed a new contract with villa after handing in a transfer request with a complete u-turn after villa doubled his wages, so we know where his loyalties lie.
    Personally I don’t rate Carroll high enough to put him back in our team, we’ve brought in some quality in this transfer money with little /no spend at all although I do believe we do need a big strong striker just not Carroll he’s too injury prone

  • 26 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 20, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    “The Sunday People and former Chronicle reporter Alan Oliver are reporting”

    That is all I need to read to know that there isn’t a shred of truth or evidence to back this story up. Alan Oliver couldn’t get it right when he had connections in high places at Newcastle, and is now just a washed up old hack who generally concocts his stories based on what cereal he has had for breakfast.

    He doesn’t fit with the way we should be looking to play, he is injury prone, he has had half a good season in the Prem, nothing more. Yes he is good in the air, and better on the ground then some give him credit for, but going back to Carroll is not the way to move this club forward. Especially at the price quoted here. One certain factor in our transfer policy is looking for ‘value’ in our signings. Anything over £5million for Carroll is not that!

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 20, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Those of you who want Carroll at £15M probably need to find their wallets or so some serious fundraising!

    …take a note from those Sunderland fellas, they know how to raise money. Big thanks by the way.

    Read in the papers, that one of those two NUFC supporters was 44 lived in Holland and on the plane he had brought his wife and three sons :(

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Not the headlines I wanted to wake up to. Does Pardew never learn? Well unadulterated hoofball it is then and pardew will be in heaven. Pardew’s never been happy playing football or even trying to, hoofball has always been his true colours.

    If we’ve got 15M why the hell aren’t we going for what we actually need, ie a quick mobile skilful goal scorer like P.E.A, not a 10 match a season, slow non – scorer and hoofball magnet.

    West ham are actually signing good strikers now and just when I thought we were getting somewhere we get this BS, another massive backward step.

    Everyone knows carroll’s lifestyle have made him a crock, why do we have to be the fall guys just because he’s a geordie.

  • 29 Spoof // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Oh dear, I can see hoofball coming back with de Jong taking the Nolan role

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    allardyce has been told by westham they have to play football from now on, hence exit stage left andy carroll.

    Ethio

    you need your bumps checked if you would take carroll over lukaku. Lukaku is fast, mobile and scores goals. Carroll isn’t and doesn’t.

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Rotonda,
    Their is no evidence that Allardyce is offloading Carroll. All the talk has been of him and Valencia working together as a pair. Carroll was part of the press conference when they arrived in NZ which isn’t usually the sort of thing you do when you are actively trying to offload a player.

    Given that their strikers were Cole, Vaz Te, Carroll and Maiga last season I’d say it is far more likely that Valencia and Zarate will be replacing 2 of Maiga, Cole or Vaz Te – most likely the first 2.

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Their = There

  • 33 one Tony Green // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Andy Carroll on his day is class. Unfortunately not only is he an old fashioned centre forward in terms of a throwback but he also lives like a player from the 70’s drinking alcohol which has no place in the modern game.

  • 34 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    OTG,
    Aye, on his day he can be very good, unfortunately they are too few and far between to make him worthwhile. Haven’t heard so much about his drinking recently. He could regularly be seen around Newcastle throwing back jagerbombs in various fashionable establishments in Newcastle. Not to mention the other recreational activities that he allegedly partakes in on a night out.

  • 35 Bambams // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    One Tony Green

    Spot on fella……

    Andy will spend more time in trouble with the law if he returns. The City was too much for him the last time. Believe me he is nasty with alcohol.

    Unless he no longer drinks and has matured. Always a possibility.

  • 36 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    He was a good player when he left us, but has done cock-all since?

    His England diving header a while back was one of his seldom high spots since he left us? Can,t think of any more, plus i can,t see any truth in these reports about us bringing him back to us?

    The Hammers would,nt let him go for anything less than they paid Liverfool for him! Say what you will about the Hammers but they are not Stupid !

    Plus, for the money the Hammers would want and his big salary, now we can better just go for someone else for the same money? There are the players out there, and i hope the club is after a striker, but it would surprise me if we sign anyone else now? It really would !

  • 37 ToonMatt // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Sliema you don’t have a clue mate.
    He was class when we had him, you must not have seen him play mate.
    This transfer will never happen as Ashley will never pay that amount for one player but I would love to have Carroll back, A geordie number 9 who loves the club.

  • 38 expatmag // Jul 20, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    All this is from a washed up reporter putting 2 and 2 together and coming up with 9.

    He kniws we want another striker so lets look at the options:

    Ba has gone
    Lacazette probably too expensive
    Remy going to Liverpool

    Who is left? I know. Lets regurgitate last seasons Andy Carroll rumours.

    Next thing will be Bendtner on his way for a medical

  • 39 Average_Contents // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Newexpat

    Although I agree with most of that statement the part where you mention that west ham are not stupid with their money made me giggle slightly as the capture of Carroll for £17m plus his £100k a week wages and the more recent acquisition of enner valencia for £15m off the back of an OK world cup would suggest otherwise, obviously the latter could be successful whereas the former isn’t!

    I personally see valencia having an OK 1st season then once the second season rolls around the so called second syndrome will undoubtedly kick in!

    Just my take on fat shams antics in the market

  • 40 expatmag // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Toonmatt

    I have seen him play a lot since he left and on the very few occasions he was fit and played well, i considered him to be more of a pest than a threat.

    Furthermore, his play reminded me of the way Wyn Davies played fir us one year in the early 70s……lumbered round the ground looking for headers whilst only contributing 2 goals in 40 games.

  • 41 Average_Contents // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Expat

    Was just going to say exactly the same thing mate. I think Lil touched on it earlier too i.e load of bollox lol

  • 42 nut meg // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    I really can’t see us bringing AC back either…BUT …it’s NUFC we’re talking about here.If we don’t bring in a top CF & CB I feel the club will be missing a opportunity to really bring some fresh hope & ambition back to the fans that would probably keep them off their backs as well. If we don’t get the CF & CB in this window then the next window is a absolute must IMHO. I just hope they don’t waste the chance that they’ve given themselves to put a very decent team together. C’mon..just do it!!

  • 43 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Dark cloud
    The fact that the only example you can find happened 3 seasons ago fully justifies why no one wants him

    How many players at 25 have already peaked and are already in heavy decline?
    And who the hell pays £15 million for them!
    The lad is on 80k a week + bonuses (so granted just £80k a week!) he’d have to take a pay cut of over 50% and WHU would have to take a loss of around £8-10 million just for this to be an okay bit of business

    If we sign this gangly injury prone crock we might as flog Cabella and De Jong

  • 44 ethiotoon // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Carroll was on the way to become 15 goal a season striker just before he was sold to Liverpool.The only reason he left for liverpool is bcoz nu recieved an offer they can’t refuse.no club will turn down that kind of offer.Then Liverpool ruined his potential by wrong tactics and other reasons while he was still young.To make it worse,Brendon kill his footballing career by saying u r not the kind of player I like to develop in kopts,bcoz Brendon doesn’t know how to deal with big cf like Carroll.
    while at west Ham he didn’t get much time to play bcoz he was injured for longtime..
    The kid is still kid,he is home sick,he knows how good nu fans are, he knows he can resuurect his career again at his home,,bcoz he was grown with geordi smell and sound.,that again will remake him hitman again,..
    So I ‘d say he will be the striker that we r looking for ,so get him…

  • 45 expatmag // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    AC

    I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want him back and certainly not at the price WHU woukd want.

    If and it is a huge if, we were to spend that much on a CF, i would rather go after that german lad Kesselring.

  • 46 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    ToonMatt
    Yes…….when we had him………in 2011
    3 years of treatment tables and sh1te performances and you have the cheek to accuse someone else of watching football!

    Yeah he loves the club, so do i should I get an £80k contract? What a cr&p excuse to sign a player
    “Aye he’s not great but he’s a Geordie and loves the club, surely that means his fortunes will miraculously turn around and he’ll automatically turn in to Alan Shearer”

  • 47 Slank // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    ilovetoon8788 @ 13

    ‘..one of the best headers in the world and he’s aerial threat is one of the best as well…’

    Yes but only if you play with the ball in the air which is not the modern way forward and I’m certain not what virtually all our fans want to see.

  • 48 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Ethio
    Yeah Rodgers can’t use his type of player, that’s why he’s signed Lambert
    Have you stopped to think that if you actually look back he had a good 6 months for us? No more no less

  • 49 cyprus // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Wow,
    so much hate for a local lad. Settle down mates. What is it, envy? The way he left? This lad, whenever he put on that NUFC shirt, you could tell it was for real.
    Of course there’s a VERY real concern: the lad hardly ever plays. Like Dyer before him, his footballing prowess is (was) undeniable.
    Long or short balls, high in the air or on the ground, he can do it all.

  • 50 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Slank
    It’s amazing how many fans whinge about Pardews tactics and complain about long ball football then start screaming for Andy Carroll!
    Honestly would anyone really want to see us revert back to just lumping it long?

  • 51 expatmag // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Ethiotoon

    Absolute rubbish.

    Liverpool signed an injured player for 35 million quid. Carroll got injured in his last game for us at Spurs on 28th Dec.2010 and we sold him 31st January 2011. Liverpool panic bought him because they needed a replaxement for Torres and Carroll didnt play again till april 2011.

  • 52 ToonMatt // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    toonarmydownsouth, No the guy above said Carroll was sh*t and I disagreed with him? And I would have Carroll over Cisse any day of the week but if you prefer what we have upfront now then that’s your choice mate.
    I think Carroll could be a good signing and at 25 years old he can still be a class player.

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Jesper,
    NUFC.com will give you a truer reflection on the two fans who lost their lives.

  • 54 expatmag // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Slank

    Do it all?

    Really?

    How many games has he played and goals scored since he left us?

    Christ…..it is just ore season and WHU are already admitting they are nursing him through injury

  • 55 Slank // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    I suspect that this ‘news’ can be traced right back to Carroll’s agent.

    Carroll is a throwback to a bygone age of big centre forwards who could head the ball because the pitches in those days were very often a muddy quagmire, especially in the penalty box, were the ball couldn’t be played on the ground over all of the pitch all of the time.

    Formations, tactics and playing services have changed.

    No thank you.

  • 56 heavenfirechris // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Oh no!! I’ve seen Carroll described as the ‘missing link’ in Newcastle’s rebuilding – but this is only correct in the sense that this neanderthal doesn’t exist as a viable solution!

  • 57 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    When did I say I’m happy with what we have?
    Don’t be so daft, but if you think going out armed with £15 mil and coming back with Carroll given the team we now have us in no way set up to simply get to the wings and pump balls in is good business simply because he is possibly a very slight improvement over another CF who also never plays or scores then that us utterly ridiculous

    And I guess we’re supposed to ignore his shocking injury record just because the lad comes from the area? So we’d still be relying on Cisse’ while Carroll’s on the treatment bench, which on average is half a season per season
    Cracking business that

  • 58 expatmag // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Heaven

    We might as well roll out wyn davies in his wheel chair mate

  • 59 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Jail…that incident is just tragic! All those life wasted and vacuum they leave behind.

    …a whole family were wiped out :(

    On Carroll he is a Geordie and if that by it self is course for celebration then go celebrate him, but do not pay money for him.

    If you have money to burn I can recommend a worthy course – look no further than above.

    Andy Carroll is your Niklas Bendtner!

  • 60 Slank // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    toonarmydownsouth @ 50

    ‘…It’s amazing how many fans whinge about Pardews tactics and complain about long ball football then start screaming for Andy Carroll!..’

    It’s probably the same fans who keep on about getting rid of certain players but then complain when the club does.

    The best one I read (it wasn’t you was it!) was someone saying we should buy good players to act as backup to the first choice players and then later complaining we never give the youngsters a chance in the first team !

  • 61 Slank // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    heavenfirechris @ 56

    ‘…but this is only correct in the sense that this neanderthal doesn’t exist as a viable solution!..’

    Brilliant, love it.

  • 62 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Slank
    Lol no,actually think Pardew gives the same amount of chances as every other PL manager, be different if we had a Sterling…..but we don’t!

  • 63 elpaso_geordie // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Id have Carroll back…

    Pardew is always going to play a type of hoofball although last season was better than the previous one. Might as well get the best striker for hoofball……

  • 64 valle // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Allot of foul worded insults could be thrown at Ashley, and most of them, rightly so. But throwing away money on senseless signings are not one of them, and I have full faith that this is nothing but nonsense. If I was ever in doubt, I would take one look at the writer of the article, and realizing Anal Oliver is behind it would convince me.

  • 65 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Find it quite ironic that the same people slamming Carroll were the same people crying in their beer when he left.
    Yeah I was annoyed when he left but it was good business, but at the minute we are very lightweight up front at the minute. Not sure if Carroll is the answer but hell we need someone.

  • 66 valle // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Besides, that fee would be close to what is needed to get Lukaku I reckon.

  • 67 expatmag // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Calling Carroll a striker is a contradiction in terms considering his conversion rate

  • 68 valle // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Charlie… Carroll played 16 games last season, and according to the west ham blog I have just read, he still has a drinking problem. How can he be the 20 goal a season striker we need?. I was sad when he left, but looking in the mirror, we sold him at a good time for a very good price.

  • 69 JamesToon // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    I wouldn’t mind andy back, he’s someone you always need in a derby. big, strong, causes defenders havoc. Its what altidore has done in the last two derbies, as crap as he is, he made taylor and willo his b1tches. I’d pay a max of £10m for andy and max of 65k/a week

  • 70 expatmag // Jul 20, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Charlie

    Most people on here recognised his sale was a great deal but were more aggrieved that he wasnt replaced especially when we had 35 million quid in the bank.

  • 71 Sliema // Jul 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    ToonMatt

    Do I even watch football? Yeh mate, I think I probably watch too much tbh. What a pathetic and short-sighted opinion you currently have on the matter. He’s a shocking player. He’s 25 and he’s achieved sweet FA. He’s on 120k a week and has cost a combined 52million quid.

    I hope he feels absolutely ashamed of himself. He DOES NOT love the club. I’m telling you now mate, I love the club, and if I was playing CF for them in that wonderful, historic number 9 shirt, I’d never feck off to the bindippers for some extra dosh.

    He’s wrecked his career. It’s not just injuries either. He hasn’t done enough on the few occasions he’s managed to put down his pint and hobble onto the pitch.

    All that cost, puts a weight of expectation on your shoulders. The most expensive English player ever? What an embarrassment.

    If we bring him back, you’ll disappear off this blog by December, so huge a let down he’ll prove to be.

  • 72 Sliema // Jul 20, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    ToonMatt

    Do I even watch football? Yeh mate, I think I probably watch too much tbh. What a pathetic and short-sighted opinion you currently have on the matter. He’s a shocking player. He’s 25 and he’s achieved sweet FA. He’s on 120k a week and has cost a combined 52million quid.

    I hope he feels absolutely ashamed of himself. He DOES NOT love the club. I’m telling you now mate, I love the club, and if I was playing CF for them in that wonderful, historic number 9 shirt, I’d never head off to the bindippers for some extra dosh. He had it all with us, better money than he could ever wish for, got his first England call-up, he was idolised and loved by young kids, he was living the dream.

    He’s wrecked his career. It’s not just injuries either. He hasn’t done enough on the few occasions he’s managed to put down his pint and hobble onto the pitch.

    All that cost, puts a weight of expectation on your shoulders. The most expensive English player ever? What an embarrassment.

    If we bring him back, you’ll disappear off this blog by December, so huge a let down he’ll prove to be.

  • 73 Sliema // Jul 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Charlie

    I wasn’t crying in my beer, not at all. at that price I don’t think there’s been a player since Shearer that I’d be happy to sell. 35million quid? No tears there mate.

    The years came when we never spent the money. Kuqi never quite hit the headys.

    You know, we’ve never actually spent the Carroll money.

  • 74 JP...from The Rock // Jul 20, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Is this club f**king retardrd!!? We’re going back for a one season wonder that is injury prone! WTF!!? I’d much better have any other striker we’ve been linked with instead of this tool again. Its like dating your ex again, it hatdly ever works well ffs!

  • 75 bladeuser // Jul 20, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Dark cloud
    the days of a six foot five c forward are over teams who win things do not have them its about speed mobility and skill andy c has none of these he is a slow imobile tortoise who never looks fit because he eats to many currys and drinks like a fish and i could not give two hoots wether he is a geordie or not anybody on there day can do damage to another team for any amount of reasons but over a season he is panse an overated plank a dinasaur football had moved on just ask the germans

  • 76 Rotonda heights // Jul 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    ed

    this really isn’t good news.

    Much rather we had signed 2 quick and mobile goal scoring strikers like valencia and zarate, no wonder west ham want rid of carroll.

    What was the point of getting a few decent technical players to play passing football if we are just going to lump it to carroll for the few games of the season he is fit.

    Just when things are looking up, reality hits that we still have the worst manager and c–ppiest sponsor and now more hoofball to look forward to. Pardew won’t even have to lie about it any more as carroll is his ready made excuse. G-RRR!!!!

  • 77 sa80teur // Jul 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Carroll is a broken thing. I would be delighted if we didn’t sign him, after all the positives we’ve had so far this summer.

  • 78 Dark Cloud // Jul 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Toonarmydownsouth

    Let’s be clear…I gave AN example not THE example…there are plenty of others both before and after he left Newcastle. I’d be very happy to see him back, not because he’s a Geordie but because he gives us a genuine attacking threat. Do I think we should sign him? Im not sure based on fitness and the cost involved. My point is a simple one and one which I thought was very clear….Andy Carroll is certainly not shit and certainly no one trick pony, I can only shake my head in disbelief at some of the comments on here saying as much….we played some good football when Andy Carroll, Joey Barton et al were with us as I recall…..hoofball came much later following the departure of Ba

  • 79 Sav // Jul 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Ed, what you smoking, mate?
    1. Why would we want him back when his injury record- never the best, has become disastrous? Do you imagine a whiff of North Sea air is going to fix what West Ham’s medical team can’t?
    2. Why would he want to come? He is 25 and has a contract for 4 more years on 6 million a year. If he can back to Newcastle he’d have to take a cut of at least 50k per year to fit our rigid pay structure, costing him 10 million over the course of his current contract. He’d be absolutely mad – and so would his agent to let him.
    3. We played football to suit Andy when we were relegated and promoted. We don’t play that way now and most of us don’t particularly want to go back there to a style that can yield moderate results for a below-par team. We are better than that now (hopefully).
    4. The idea of a Geordie no.9 is romantic nonsense. Take Shearer out of it and the last decent Geordie no. 9 we had was Jackie Milburn 60 years ago, so hardly a template for success. Most of us couldn’t care less if our no.9 is from Kenton or Cameroon, Slovenia or Seaton Sluice, as long a she’s banging ‘em in in black and white, we’ll cheer just the same.
    Stop this nonsense.

  • 80 Sav // Jul 20, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Sorry, a cut of at least 50k per week…

  • 81 Lee Dodd // Jul 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    No Chance – Firstly His wages are far to High .. maybe on loan for the season like Lukk de Jong… Big Andy has had his day at the NUFC… To Injury prone. We have just got rid of shola do we really need a majer injury prone striker ?? Also the way Mike Ashley Shoved Him Out why would he want to come back ??

  • 82 isleofmanman // Jul 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Ridiculous

    The man is never fit

  • 83 Whos_SuperMac // Jul 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    A Carroll/Armstrong frontline could be interesting.
    Might just be what the young lad needs to bring him on.

  • 84 RobertLeeNo.7 // Jul 20, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Everyone saying Andy Carroll is one of the best headers of the ball in the world is laughable !! he scored 2 goals in 16 games! his dominance suggests if he was that good of a header of the ball he would of scored more! watch the game without your sun glasses you deluded folk he is actually a terrible header of the ball! he is just massive that is it! he almost always heads over the bar or wide! he hardly gets over the ball which shows he has barely any technique in the air! he heads alot directly on to the bar ! heading straight at eye level. A good header of the ball would try head down. No? Carroll is a poor work horse at best. Yeah he bully’s defenders but not much else.




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