Newcastle United could yet hand a contract extenion to Andy Carroll.
That’s despite his name recently appearing on the club’s end-of-season released list.
The 32-year-old appeared alongside a number of youngsters and had seemingly brought his second stint at the club to an end.
But the Chronicle report that Carroll is currently on holiday, and left Tyneside last week with an offer to play another season at St. James’ Park.
Negotiations are supposedly ongoing.
Since making his return to the club in the summer of 2019, Carroll has been playing on an incentivised contract.
Supposedly his basic wage is £20,000-a-week, which becomes £35,000 if he makes an appearance off the bench. He gets £75,000 for a start (Daily Mail).
Last term Carroll made just 22 appearances for 586 minutes of time on the pitch.
Only six of those 22 games were starts.
Carroll himself is set for discussions with the club later this month.
Carroll should not get another year
This news probably comes as no surprise to the majority of Newcastle fans.
It’s suggested in the report that Carroll’s dressing room influence is playing a part in the potential for him to stay on.
But realistically, Carroll just isn’t a good enough back-up striker for Callum Wilson.
He’s scored just the one goal since coming back to the club, and obviously he has a concerning injury record.
It would just be another move from the club that sends out totally the wrong message.