Newcastle keen on surprise summer bargain for Manchester United midfielder

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Newcastle United are keen to sign Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer, according to The Times.

The Times reports that Carrick is yet to be offered a new deal at Old Trafford, and that his future is complicated by the uncertainty surrounding manager Louis van Gaal.

The 34-year-old is happy to wait and see whether he is still wanted by the Red Devils, The Times adds, but would otherwise have a number of alternatives on the table.

Newcastle’s interest in the England international would likely depend on them staying in the Premier League, but this link falls in line with their recent ambition.

The Magpies were Europe’s biggest spenders in January – splashing out £28.5m on Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend – fee reported by the Daily Mail.

Carrick has won five Premier League titles, the 2008 Champions League and a League Cup during his decade at United after joining from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006.

A series of injuries have prevented him from playing as significant a role in United’s midfield as he used to, although he has still made 13 league starts this campaign.

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