Local journalists have been tweeting that Andy Carroll is in talks to rejoin his hometown club. The news is that Carroll is very eager to come back to Newcastle.
Carroll back, like rest of #nufc business, is a gamble but also appeals to me. V. good striker on his day but huge fitness issues of course.
For nothing, a motivated AC could be a great signing. Graham Carr pushed for it in virtually every window since he left. Now might happen
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) August 8, 2019
I'm told Andy Carroll to NUFC is more likely to happen than not & player desperate to rejoin hometown club.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) August 8, 2019
#nufc are believed to be in discussions over move for Andy Carroll today. Not done yet. Checks on his fitness going on. But Carroll eager for it to happen.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 8, 2019
This is a move that does not have to happen today as Andy is a free agent and can be signed past the transfer deadline. It will, however, be quite apparent as to whether this deal is likely when the 25 man squad is announced. If there is a spot left open then it could be for our former number 9.
We feel this move is really a no-brainer for both the club and Andy as long as a reasonable contract can be sorted out. Andy will have to take a significant cut in the wages he is used to.
He will also have to prove his fitness as he continues to recover from his latest ankle injury. Though he had recently been given clearance to start training, he will be quite a ways from reaching full fitness.
This would be an excellent move by the club. We are short in the striker department and Andy would be able to offer a physical option that the squad lacks currently.
Update at 2:19 PM – Apparently Newcastle cannot leave a squad spot available if they have enough players under contract to fill a 25-man squad.
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) August 8, 2019