According to Andy Carroll’s agent, there is no chance of the striker returning to Newcastle United anytime soon.
The England international left his local club when Liverpool paid £35million for his services in January 2011, but he endured a torrid time on Merseyside. Carroll scored just six goals in 44 Premier League games for the Reds, and when Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish, he became surplus to requirements.
At the time he was linked with a return to St James Park, but he instead headed to the capital in August 2012 to join West Ham United on a season-long loan. After scoring seven goals in 24 appearances, the Upton Park club decided to take up the option of signing him permanently for a fee in the region of £15million.
However, he has since been blighted by injury, making just 15 outings last term whilst he has yet to figure during the current campaign due to an ankle problem. With the 25-year-old edging back to fitness, it has again been speculation that he could return to Newcastle where Alan Pardew is thought to want another striker.
Indeed, it was even touted that the Hammers would be prepared to let him leave for as little as £5million. However, Carroll is settled in the capital and, as Sam Allardyce revealed earlier this year, has bought a house close to the training ground. And when asked if there was a possibility that the striker could yet return to the Magpies, agent Mark Curtis said in the Newcastle Chronicle: “No chance.”
If that wasn’t enough, the Gateshead-born frontman has revealed that he is relishing the prospect of lining up for West Ham when they move into the Olympic Stadium at the start of the 2016-17 season. Speaking to the London Evening Standard, he said: “It looks fantastic and everyone is looking forward to being there. We cannot wait to be a part of it. It’s going to be one of the best grounds around.”
Meanwhile, Carroll could be back in action in the early stages of November, as he continues to make sound progress with his rehabilitation. No doubt he will have one eye on the fixture of 29 November, when his former club travel south to take on a Hammers side which currently stands seventh in the Premier League.
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