Newcastle United are prepared to offer free agent striker Andy Carroll an unorthodox contract, according to the Daily Star.
The newspaper claims that the Magpies are so desperate for attacking reinforcements that they are ready to hand the 30-year-old pay-as-you-play terms to return to St James’ Park.
The England international left Tyneside to join Liverpool in 2011, and is now a free agent after his seven-year spell with West Ham United came to an end this summer.
Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has given up on persevering with the target man after a return of just one goal in 14 appearances last season.
Newcastle must really be getting desperate in the attacking department, eh? Last season Rafael Benitez was able to call on Salomon Rondon, Ayoze Perez and Joselu, all of whom have now left the club. That leaves just Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto as senior attacking options for new boss Steve Bruce at St James’ Park. The Star’s report states that Hoffenheim attacker Joelinton is close to joining for a club record fee, but clearly Bruce is considering bringing in Carroll to support the new man. However, the Geordie native’s chequered injury history means that the Magpies are only willing to offer him a pay-as-you-play deal. Whether he is willing to accept those terms remains to be seen, because he will likely receive more financially lucrative offers from places like America and China. However, if he wants to continue his career at the top level, then this is probably his best bet. However, from a Newcastle perspective, there must be better attacking options out there.