Anfield man linked with move back to St James’ Park.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll could be in line for a shock return to Newcastle on a short-term loan.
The big striker has failed to settle at Anfield following his £35million move a year ago, and has scored just five goals since leaving the North-East.
And talkSPORT understands from a source close to the player that he would be open to a move back to his former club.
Alan Pardew is a big admirer of the England striker and has always left the door open for Carroll to return to St James’ Park.
The Toon boss was full of praise for Carroll before his side’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool last week, saying: “You never want to lose great players and we never wanted to lose Andy. I’d take him back if I had the chance.
“If the fee offered by Liverpool had not been so high, he’d still be here.”
Carroll is reportedly growing increasingly unsettled on Merseyside and often travels back to Tyneside to see family and friends.
Not sure what to make of this little nugget from talkSPORT. As a rumour it doesn’t really hold up to closer inspection. Whilst Andy Carroll is yet to make a real impact at Liverpool in his first year at the club the chances of Kenny Dalglish loaning out the England international, given that Luis Suarez is likely to be hit with a lengthy ban, are pretty much slim to none.
Alan Pardew currently relies all to heavily on excellent new signing Demba Ba, however the Magpies boss will lose the Senegal international for much of January and early February as he takes part in the African Nations Cup. That leaves the Newcastle United boss counting on the less than prolific alternatives he has in his armoury. These come in the form of Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Shola and Sammy Ameobi.
However Liverpool are unlikely to go out of their way to help Newcastle United, not least as both clubs are closely matched in the Premier League.
Dalglish would already be considering bringing in new striking options as currently aside from Suarez and Carroll the options are fairly thin. Liverpool can call upon veterans Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt if needed but both players work better out wide.
Also if the idea is that Carroll is unsettled and misses his family then loaning him back to Newcastle United hardly resolves the issue in fact this would surely lead to the striker finding it even harder to come to terms with his move to Merseyside.