We’ve been waiting for it to happen and have been hesitant to suggest it. In fact, I mentioned it to my wife just this morning.
Newcastle interested in re-signing Andy Carroll as £35m Joelinton deal edges closer https://t.co/BfKO3WpxFV
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) July 20, 2019
Luke Edwards’ report has some interesting details that this may not be driven by Steve Bruce. Here is some of what Luke has written about the news of Andy Carroll:
Newcastle United are contemplating bringing striker Andy Carroll back home as they close in on the £35m capture of Hoffenheim’s Brazilian striker Joelinton.
The club are already in touch with the Carroll camp following his release by West Ham and will keep a close eye on his recovery from ankle surgery before deciding whether to sign him as a free agent.
Carroll, meanwhile, is not a priority for new manager Steve Bruce, who privately wants at least two strikers, a winger, a full-back and a central midfield player before the close of the transfer window.
Carroll would be an additional transfer outside of the window as he is allowed to find a new club as a free agent. However, it will still be several weeks until the 30-year-old is able to train fully and Bruce wants two strikers brought in before then.
Carroll has had a persistent battle with injuries and has undergone a complicated procedure to try and solve a long-standing ankle issue. Newcastle will keep tabs on his rehabilitation and could look at thrashing out a pay as you play deal for the Geordie striker.
If this is the case then we are all for it. As long as Andy is not going to be relied upon, then we see no harm in bringing him back to the club as maybe a third striker signing.
We don’t think it really matters how fit he gets as he is always going to be likely to break down. Therefore, if it was just Joelinton and Andy Carroll we would be a bit concerned.
However, Luke Edwards is reporting that Steve Bruce wants two strikers brought in and then will assess Andy Carroll once he is declared fit.
Lee Ryder also speaks of Carroll’s fitness as being key. He however is reporting that Bruce is an admirer of Andy and has already made checks on his fitness.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) July 20, 2019
This is what Lee writes:
The Chronicle understands Bruce is an admirer of Carroll but wants him to prove his fitness.
The newly appointed head coach has already made checks on Carroll’s fitness status with the big striker still recovering from an ankle operation.
Carroll has not made a decision on his future yet but has had offers from abroad.
However, the boyhood Toon fan and former season ticket holder would be interested in a chance to finish his career at home.
This link was bound to happen sooner than later and the hiring of Steve Bruce will have only expedited the link. Andy has had a torrid time with injuries throughout his career and at 30 years old may not have much left to give.
We would like to think that playing in front of the crowd at St James Park could bring that little bit extra out of Andy. As a late-game substitute, he could really cause issues for the opposition.
This could be a decent piece of business as long as Andy Carroll is not going to be relied upon to lead the line.