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Newcastle United Plan £10m Bid for Very Average Andy Carroll Replacement

Alan Pardew linked with move to bring decidedly non-prolific Upton Park striker to St James’ Park.

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Newcastle are lining up a summer move for £10million-rated West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

Toon manager Alan Pardew is flush with the £30m ­Newcastle have banked from the £35m sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool.

So he is considering the 27-year-old England hitman as the answer to his depleted strikeforce.

He signed Cole as a 22-year-old back in 2006, but their partnership was short-lived when he was sacked by the Hammers just a few months later.

SOURCE: Sunday Mirror

We would hazard a guess that this prospective signing will not please Newcastle United supporters and looking at his stats would appear to back up that feeling of disinterest. Carlton Cole’s best Premier League goal haul is ten goals, a total that looks even more abysmal when you take into account that Andy Carroll managed 11 in just 18 starts this term.

Carlton Cole would presumably not be much of an improvement, if any, on the players that Pardew has to select from now? Shola Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands are not world beaters but they are probably as effective as the one time Chelsea man.

A decision to move for the West Ham man would surely only arise if Magpies owner Mike Ashley was unwilling to cough up with a decent chunk of the Carroll cash, and even then there are probably more sensible ways to invest £10m than on a striker who has scored 42 goals in 210 appearances.

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