Newcastle United have been in contact with the representatives of free agent striker Andy Carroll, according to the Telegraph.
The newspaper claims that while Steve Bruce is eyeing up the 30-year-old target man, the newly-appointed Magpies manager has not made him a priority target.
Carroll is currently recovering from an ankle injury he sustained while at West Ham last season and it is understood that Newcastle will monitor his recover before deciding whether or not to re-sign their former striker.
Newcastle are definitely approaching this in the right way. Although a move to re-sign Carroll wouldn’t be applauded by the majority of the club’s fanbase, Newcastle are short of options up front and Carroll, as everyone knows, can be a real handful on his day. There are two big issues with Carroll though, which might put the Magpies off making a move for him. Firstly the striker’s injury record is awful. Last season he made just 12 Premier League appearances for West Ham with serious ankle injuries scuppering his campaign. Secondly, Carroll could demand big wages even though he’s a free agent. Statistics website Spotrac claims that the 30-year-old was earning £90,000-a-week on his deal at the London Stadium. It’s unlikely that Newcastle would come anywhere near to matching that figure, especially as the centre-forward is so prone to injuries and the Magpies are not known for being a club that likes to spend a lot of money on wages.