The Chronicle has claimed that Steve Bruce is desperate for Newcastle United to offer striker Andy Carroll a new deal after the target man entered the latter six months of the one-year deal he signed in the summer.
Carroll, 31, rejoined Newcastle in the summer after his contract at West Ham United had expired. He has remained largely injury free, recovering from a previous knock at the beginning of the campaign. He has managed 14 appearances this term.
But since Christmas, he has managed just one Toon outing. Although it is not a serious injury keeping the England international sidelined, it is a handful of niggling problems that originate from pre-existing issues.
Carroll is out of contract in the summer and the report claims Bruce is keen to see him remain at the club, given the impact he has had in training and among fans. However, he is injury prone, 31, and without a goal since his return.
TBR’s view – Should Newcastle keep Carroll?
Given Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley have no time for sentiment – something which was proved in Rafa Benitez’s departure – keeping Carroll purely on his Newcastle connection will not be enough. Bruce’s desire to keep him, though, might.
Bruce and Ashley seemingly have a better understanding than Benitez did, and it has seen Ashley fund moves for multiple players – including three big-name loanees in January, as well as a bid for Boubakary Soumare.
If Bruce wants to keep Carroll and the terms are right, another deal might come the striker’s way.