Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Carroll Can Deliver Toon Hamner Blow; Ex-Striker Relishes Old Club''s Visit

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Carroll Can Deliver Toon Hamner Blow; Ex-Striker Relishes Old Club''s Visit

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ANDY CARROLL will not take any pleasure out of scoring against Newcastle United. However, he knows he faces the prospect of possibly pushing his beloved Magpies closer to the relegation trapdoor.

Carroll goes into today's game without any goals against the club he supported as a boy.

However, he will have the chance to show Toon owner Mike Ashley what he will be getting for his money should he decide to splash out this summer and bring the 6ft 6in striker back to St James' Park.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew remains an admirer of Carroll.

He even went public earlier this season, insisting he would be prepared to welcome him back with open arms if the possibility arose.

United slapped in a loan bid for Carroll last summer and the player was keen on the move before the deal broke down when Liverpool insisted on a PS17m fee at the end of the season.

Now, Carroll's future is in his own hands.

The Hammers cannot afford PS17m, meaning Carroll will decide whether to move on to pastures new or give it another crack with Liverpool.

Of course, the Geordie would love to make a return to Tyneside, but United are unlikely to pay PS17m for the England striker when they know they can sign players like Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse for less.

Carroll is planning to return to Anfield this summer, West Ham struggling to come up with the fee which will trigger his transfer from Merseyside to the capital.

The PS17m fee is also likely to be beyond United, despite their interest in the former star.

However, the Teams lad still holds the Magpies close to his heart and has attended St James' Park as a fan.

Carroll, who was once almost released by Newcastle as a failed left-back until then newly appointed John Carver blocked what would have been a catastrophic move, said ahead of the clash against his former employers: "It is always a difficult game against Newcastle.

"They probably have not had the season they wanted in terms of where they are in the league, but they can still be a force and I am just looking forward to playing them. …

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