Newcastle United are looking at whether there would be any way to structure a deal to take striker Andy Carroll back to St James’ Park.
New head coach Steve McClaren ideally wants to sign two forwards and has targeted England international Charlie Austin, Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost and Malaga’s Juanmi.
But the idea of trying to re-sign Carroll has also been discussed internally at Newcastle if the right type of deal could be agreed with West Ham United.
There have not yet been any discussions between the two clubs, but it appears any negotiations over Carroll would be complicated.
Newcastle would be reluctant to commit to a sizeable transfer fee up front because of his injury record, but West Ham would demand a return on their club record £15million investment.
Carroll currently earns around £80,000-a-week at Upton Park and still has four years to run on his current contract. He split from his long-time agent Mark Curtis two months ago.
The 26-year-old enjoyed his best days at his boyhood club Newcastle, scoring 33 goals, and is still a popular figure among the club’s supporters.
It remains to be seen whether Newcastle feel an offer is worth pursuing and, in the meantime, Carroll insists he is looking forward to working with new West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.
Carroll has been going into West Ham’s Chadwell Heath training ground on his own during the summer in a bid to fully recover from the knee injury he suffered in February.
“I think it has been a great appointment,” said Carroll. “I have spoken to the lads and everyone seems to be happy with it. He plays a lot of attacking football and I have seen the teams he has been coaching and they love to go out and attack. That is a great feeling for me and I cannot wait to get started.
“It is interesting to see how he is on the touchline. Different managers have got different styles and this will be very different to what we have had in the past, but it will be very interesting and I cannot wait to get started.”
Bilic wants to sign at least four new players, a right-back, central defender, holding midfielder and creative midfielder. Along with Alex Song and Dimitri Payet, Paris Saint-Germain’s Yohan Cabaye is on West Ham’s long list of targets.
Crystal Palace are also keen on former Newcastle midfielder Cabaye and the Frenchman has made it clear he is interested in a return to the Premier League by saying: “If there is an opportunity to go back to England, I hope everyone will be smart enough to do things well. But there could be other destinations.”