Newcastle will need to get a striker in during the January transfer window, who can help out up front and score some goals for us, and it would seem that our best chance of getting somebody in is to get Andy Carroll from West Ham United.
Andy Carroll at West Ham
For the second season running, Andy will miss about half the season with injury, and he has been dogged by injury ever since he left Newcastle United in January of 2011 for £35M, when he left for Liverpool, but four years after departing his home town club he could make a return.
That’s even more likely if Alan Pardew is still the manager in a few months time, since Pardew has always wanted Andy back at Newcastle.
And there’s news in the Chronicle today, something they are calling an exclusive, that West Ham are open to offers for Andy Carroll in the January transfer window, and it seems they would be happy enough if Newcastle made some kind of offer to take Andy off their books.
West Ham have signed Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia in the summer, two former Newcastle striker targets, and both are playing well at the east London club, and with Andy Carroll on massive wages and a long term contract at the Hammers, it looks like they may want to cut their losses on the Geordie striker.
We’re not sure a permanent deal in January would be good for Newcastle, because after all Andy has had a terrible injury record over the last four years, and the best bet for Newcastle could be to take the Gateshead lad on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to buy the striker in the summer.
Alan Pardew wants more players with Premier League experience and he also wants more English players in the squad, and Andy ticks both of those boxes.
Getting Andy Carroll on loan in early January would be good, but we would then hope he can stay fit through the end of the season.
And finally, with all the extra money there will be in the Premier League starting in 2016, owner Mike Ashley will be keen to keep the Magpies in England’s top flight where clubs could make £100M or more every May from the TV rights.
What do you think?
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