Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll apparently has a clause in his contract that, if met, can guarantee him an extension with the club.
According to The Chronicle, it is understood that the 31-year-old striker needs to play ‘more than 20 games’ for the Magpies in order to seal another year at St. James’ Park.
Carroll is currently on 14 matches played, but has not featured for the club since January 11 against Wolverhampton Wanderers having been nursing a mystery knock.
If Carroll fails to reach the 20-game mark, Newcastle will still be free to offer him a new deal, but there’s a chance another club may wish to tempt him away.
Steve Bruce is known to be a big fan of Carroll, but is unconcerned about him potentially not hitting his target.
He told The Chronicle: “I have not thought about it really.
“The big thing is to just get fit for Andy.
“It has been the story for a couple of years.”
TBR’s view – Newcastle need Carroll fit again badly
Newcastle have been sliding back towards the relegation zone in recent weeks, and they could really do with Carroll available again.
The club have gone three Premier League matches without a goal, with Joelinton still struggling up front.
Carroll is yet to score in his second stint at the club, but he has shown himself to be a handful in the 14 games he as managed to play.
Newcastle need to be able to call on him to give teams problems, something the Brazilian hasn’t been doing.