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Could Newcastle make a sensational move for West Ham United striker Andy Carroll?

Jake Jackman

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Newcastle United have had a poor start to the season and more signings are needed if they are to achieve survival with comfort. Rafa Benitez hasn’t been happy with the club, but the two must now come together for the remaining days of the window. The Mirror report that the club are considering a shock swoop for former striker Andy Carroll.

It has emerged in recent days that the 28-year-old could be an option for the Magpies on a season-long loan deal. West Ham are open to letting him leave before the deadline and a return home could suit all parties. The one stumbling block could be the striker’s huge wages, but it could be possible for the Hammers to subsidise them to facilitate a move.

What would he offer Newcastle United?

At the moment, Newcastle are lacking Premier League experience and that has been evident during their opening two fixtures. They have looked well organised at the back, but they have offered little going forwards. Benitez will want to bring in attacking reinforcements before the deadline and a move for Carroll could be seen as a short-term fix.

The England international is a proven goalscorer in the top flight and he would have a point to prove if he was to return to Newcastle. Carroll is a powerful forward, who can dominate in the air and he would provide a physical presence. If they are to stay up, the Magpies are going to need to take advantage of set pieces. The 28-year-old would provide a threat from those situations, in addition to improving the defensive set-up.

Although it is his strength and power that are often discussed, Carroll has technical ability and he is capable of using his feet to great effect. He has a powerful strike and is able to bring others into the game. Newcastle need players that will improve the squad and the mood on Tyneside. Their former striker would do both.

Is it likely?

This is a rumour that surfaces every year and it often leads to nothing. It might have appealed to Newcastle once before, but it makes little sense now. They already have two strikers with a similar profile to Carroll, which means that he won’t offer much more to the squad. Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic may not be as effective as the Englishman, but they offer similar qualities on the pitch.

It is a transfer that will always appeal to all sides, but the timing is never right for it to go through. Carroll’s unreliable injury record would also put Newcastle off. Furthermore, he would need to take a pay-cut if a move was to go through and that is unlikely. This seems to be a story written without much substance. Newcastle need to be targeting more dynamic attacking players to add something different to their front line.

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Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Newcastle United fans divided after Nicolai Jorgensen performance

The Danish striker has long been linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Mathew Nash

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Denmark played out a 1-1 draw with Australia in the World Cup this afternoon. A controversial penalty was converted by Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak to give the Socceroos a deserved draw against their European opponents. But the opening goal of the game might have been one of the best in the tournament so far.

Christian Eriksen smashed home a delicious left-foot half-volley to give the Danes the lead. However, it was the assist from a Newcastle United target that had fans talking on social media.

Nicolai Jorgensen played a brilliant reverse pass into the path of Eriksen. The Feyenoord striker has long been linked with Newcastle United. Over the weekend The Sun reported that Newcastle would need to pay £20 million for the player.

Newcastle were previously linked with the player in January, with a £15 million bid being rejected.

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That interest appears to have continued and it is easy to see why. Jorgensen was the Eredivisie’s top scorer in 2016-17, scoring 25 goals in 45 games.

But there is also a case suggesting he is not worth the money. He scored just 13 goals last season and against Peru in the opening game of the World Cup he struggled.

It is clear that scoring goals is not really his specialty. His link-up play is brilliant but some Newcastle fans feel he would simply not score goals in England.

Here is how Newcastle United fans reacted to his display…

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Newcastle should move for Senegal star M’Baye Niang

Newcastle are looking for attacking additions this summer.

Jamie Watts

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Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, according to the Northern Echo, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish. And a new target should emerge from yesterday’s World Cup clash between Senegal and Poland.

The Africans surprisingly came away as victors, having been helped by two massive defensive errors from the European outfit, with Grzegorz Krychowiak’s late goal proving nothing more than a consolation.

Torino striker M’Baye Niang proved to be a thorn in the side of Poland all game, landing the man of the match award, as his pace and power proved too much for Thiago Rangel Cionek and accomplished right-back Lukasz Piszczek to deal with.

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His shining moment came in the 60th minute, when he returned onto the field of play from injury and promptly latched onto a poor back-pass, eventually rounding the out-rushing Wojciech Szczesny and slotting into an empty net – notably scoring his first ever Senegal goal with his first shot on target.

And Newcastle should be keeping an eye on the 23-year-old throughout the tournament. Current targets such as Salomon Rondon and Jordan Ayew are underwhelming for fans and Rafa Benitez could look to make a statement by bringing in the former Watford loanee.

His physicality and raw speed suit the Premier League to a tee, and given regular playing-time the forward could become a sensation in England. However, he has recently agreed to join Torino on a permanent basis, meaning any deal would likely be a loan deal at the moment. A deal is still possible though, as Niang will be likely play second-fiddle to Andrea Belotti next term.

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Newcastle United should rekindle Miguel Layun interest after stunning World Cup performance

The 29-year-old was wanted by Newcastle last summer.

Mathew Nash

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Mexico caused a World Cup shock yesterday, defeating reigning champions Germany 1-0 in Moscow. It was a fantastic performance by El Tri, who decimated the world champions with a fearsome display of counter-attacking football.

There were many performances that caught the eye, with Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Hector Herrera all outstanding. But former Watford man Miguel Layun also put in a tremendous display.

It was one which will hopefully see Newcastle United rekindle their efforts to sign him.

Playing on the right-hand side of midfield he was a constant thorn in the side of Marvin Plattenhardt for Germany. Meanwhile, his impressive ability to work up and down the pitch the entire game left Julian Draxler completely nullified.

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Currently contracted to Porto he spent the second half of last season with Sevilla, who have a permanent deal lined up. However, last summer saw Newcastle linked with a move for the player.

Valued at £6 million, Rafa Benitez is reportedly a fan and wanted him to help their survival hopes last term- as reported by Record, among others. No deal ever came off but 12 months down the line Newcastle should try again.

Layun proved against Germany just how impressive an athlete he is. The 29-year-old is also extremely versatile. Capable at both left and right-back, on either wing or even in central midfield he would solve many problems for Newcastle United.

With Sevilla dawdling over a permanent deal for the Mexican the Magpies should consider coming knocking once again.

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