A broken clock is right twice a day. And if you tip Andy Carroll to return to Newcastle every transfer window, then you might be right at least once.
And this could be the summer. The striker is a free agent after being released by West Ham, and there has been a plethora of talk about him coming back to St James’ Park.
It’s been on, it’s been off, and now it could be on again. According to the Daily Mail, a Carroll return is on the cards, with the 30-year-old ‘desperate’ to come back to the Magpies.
The big question surrounding Carroll is his fitness. He’s had injury issues for years, seeing his stock drop dramatically. Arguably, he was last at his best when he was a Newcastle player.
According to the Northern Echo (live blog 11.11am), any deal will hinge on the player’s fitness, which should come as no surprise.
According to the Shields Gazette, Newcastle must complete a deal for Carroll today despite him being a free agent. Premier League clubs must name a squad of 25 players for the upcoming season, and can’t leave a slot free if they have players on their books who can fill it.
Therefore, Newcastle will need to sign Carroll up today so they can name him in the 25-man squad.
The Magpies have completed one signing today, with Emil Krafth’s arrival officially confirmed by the club. Will Carroll follow him through the door at St James’ Park?