Alan Oliver of the Sunday People, the former Evening Chronicle sports reporter, has a story out today that Newcastle are keeping tabs on former striker Andy Carroll, who is currently out injured (again) and they may make a bid for him in January.
Andy Carroll – while at Newcastle
The basis of the report is that Newcastle were interested in taking Andy Carroll back in summer, before he broke down and was injured (yet) again, but he is due to be back again next month and West Ham now have Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate and Diafra Sakho all challenging for a striker position at West Ham, and Andy may even be surplus to requirements.
This is what Andy said last night about his fitness:
“I have started running outside which felt a lot better than being inside in the gym doing my rehab,” “Being outside on the pitch makes me feel like I’ve taken a step closer back to the stadium and playing football again.”
“Seeing the other lads playing and training out there has given me the inspiration to get back out on the pitch.”
Newcastle sold the player to Liverpool for a massive £35M on January 31st 2011, and at the time was a hugely controversial move, but Andy has not done well since leaving Newcastle – his home town club.
What has been obvious this season at Newcastle, and was made clear in yesterday’s 22 draw with Hull City is that Newcastle need some strikers who can put the ball into the back of the net, and we need reinforcements in January.
Newcastle had two or three good chances to score in the first half yesterday, and should have been ahead at half time,. but our powder puff attack labored to score a goal.
That all changed in the second half after Hull had gone 2-0 ahead, when Papiss Cisse came on after 69 minutes, and the Senegal man was simply sensational yesterday, and scored two great opportunist goals and showed everybody how to put the ball into the back of the net.
But Andy Carroll is also very injury prone at the moment, and we are not sure he’s worth the £10M West Ham could want for him for a permanent move, but what seems to make a lot of sense is to try to get him to Newcastle on loan in January.
That could be good for both Newcastle and West Ham, because it would give Andy playing time and give the lad a chance to show he is still good enough to maybe return to Newcastle full time next summer.
What Newcastle do need are some new players coming in during January, and maybe one or two strikers would be ideal, since we just haven’t replaced Loic Remy, who used to score the goals for us last season – the type of goals Papiss scored for us late in the game yesterday.
But we need more than Papiss Cisse hitting the back of the net.
What do you think?
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