Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce reportedly wants to bring Andy Carroll back to St James’ Park.
The 30-year-old attacker is available this summer after his contract at West Ham expired and previously played for the Magpies.
He came through the academy with Newcastle and went on to play 90 senior games for the club, before he exited for Liverpool in 2013.
According to the Chronicle, Bruce wants to take a look at bringing the target man back to the North-East and is a big admirer of him.
The report explains that he wants the left-footed striker to prove his fitness as he continues to recover from an ankle operation and he’s had offers from abroad.
It is understood that he would be interested in finishing his career with his first club.
Carroll is a tall centre-forward renowned for his quality in the air and hold up play, but alongside that he’s had a poor record of injuries throughout his career.
He played just 14 senior games for West Ham last season and had two separate ankle problems disrupt his campaign.
It would be quite the story for Carroll to complete a full circle and end up back at Newcastle, but his injury record means quite clearly he can only be arriving as an extra striker option.
The Magpies need a direct replacement for Salomon Rondon, which means someone who can lead the line next year and score goals to keep them in the top-flight.
Carroll can be a handful when fit, but is best years are surely behind him and it would only be a sentimental addition.
Bruce reportedly wants to add him to his squad for the new campaign, but the club should not be forking out colossal wages for someone unlikely to get through a year unscathed.