Andy Carroll could be returning to his old Newcastle stomping ground with West Ham apparently offering the frontman up for sale in the January window, according to Chronicle Live.
Carroll is set to return from injury soon so it may seem unusual that they would be willing to let him go, but West Ham have splashed out in forward areas this summer and these new recruits have helped the Hammers into a seventh placed position without the help of the Englishman.
Diafra Sakho has pitched in with five goals already and Sam Allardyce’s other new signings Enner Valencia and Mauro Zárate have each popped up with a goal apiece.
The fact that the new signings are justifying the West Ham bosses investment as well as the realisation that the Hammers are not missing goals from Andy Carroll could be another factor in the North East native returning to more familiar surroundings.
Newcastle for their part are desperate for goals. Seven games with just seven goals scored and double that amount conceded is solid relegation form. There are improvements needed all over the pitch for Newcastle to survive in the top tier but Carroll coming back with something to prove following such an injury ridden period in London could at least increase the Magpies’ productivity in forward areas.
It’s more of a case of what harm can be done by signing Carroll at this stage rather than anything else. He is unlikely to require huge investment due to his lack of football in recent times, largely due to injury it has to be said, and a return to Newcastle may be a favourable choice for Carroll over other clubs in the league who would be willing to buy.
West Ham are doing well without him while Newcastle are screaming for goals so this is definitely one of the more likely January transfers that are being touted at present.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.