Newcastle are reportedly keen on bringing former fan favourite Andy Carroll back to the club this summer following his release from West Ham, but would this be a smart signing?

Carroll ended his seven year stay with the Hammers at the end of the previous campaign, with the 30-year old now a free agent. Injury problems had hampered his time in London, with the forward making just 14 appearances last season.

As Newcastle close in on their £35million capture of Hoffenheim striker Joelinton, they are also keen on bringing Carroll back to St James’ Park, eight and a half years after he left Tyneside.

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As reported by Telegraph Sport, Newcastle officials are already in touch with Carroll’s people and are set to keep an eye on how he recovers from ankle surgery before they decide on whether to make him an official offer.

On paper, Newcastle signing Carroll makes a lot of sense. Steve Bruce privately wants two strikers before the transfer window closes and signing Carroll would mean he could prioritise spending in other areas, with the forward likely to cost less than another forward.

With Joelinton negotiations in ‘the home straight’, the pressure to perform would be off of Carroll’s shoulders with the Brazilian likely to be centre attention.

Should Carroll manage to find fitness, the 30-year old would provide the club with another strong option.

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