Magpies boss admits Carroll interest
Alan Pardew has reiterated his desire to bring Liverpool striker Andy Carroll back to Newcastle if the finances can be found for him.
The Magpies sold Carroll to the Merseysiders 18 months for £35m, but he has struggled to reproduce his best form and following Brendan Rodgers' appointment as manager this summer, his future at Anfield has been played into doubt.
Question marks exist about the striker's ability to fit in with the Northern Irishman's tactics, and his recent acquisition of Fabio Borini has resulted in Carroll starting the season on the subs bench.
West Ham have already failed with a bid for the 23-year-old, but rumours are persisting that he could still be on his way before the close of the transfer window at the end of the week.
Carroll is reportedly interested in a return to St. James' Park, but Rodgers has said it is taking a 'liberty' to believe he will be allowed to go anywhere on loan, which had been suggested.
A £17m offer from the Magpies has now been mooted, and Pardew certainly wouldn't be disappointed to see the England international back in his squad again.
The United boss said: "That is above me that deal, it is a financial deal that will be done at board level if Liverpool agree.
"If I was saying on a playing level would I like him in the squad, of course I would he would add a nice dimension to us."