Carroll close to sensational Newcastle return

Andy Carroll has paid tribute to the West Ham supporters after it was confirmed he will leave the club this summer.

Andy Carroll is reportedly on the verge of re-joining Newcastle United on a one-year contract with only a medical standing between him and a return home.

The 30-year-old is without a club having been allowed to leave West Ham United at the end of last season following another injury-plagued campaign.

The ex-England international went under the knife twice last season due to ankle issues, restricting him to just 14 appearances in all competitions, during which time he managed to score once.

The Hammers decided not to offer the striker an extension to his £80,000-per-week contract and after a quiet summer for Carroll, he is now understood to be “desperate” to seal a move back to Newcastle.

It is thought there is a one-year contract on the table but that the Magpies are keen for him to prove his fitness before getting him to sign on the dotted line.

The deal is said to be on a low, basic salary with a large number of bonuses related to the amount of game time he earns.

Carroll played for the Magpies from 2006-2011, scoring 30 goals before Liverpool forked out £35million to acquire his services in January 2011.

He could now return to St James’ Park to bolster a squad that is short of firepower, despite spending a club-record £40million to sign Joelinton last month.

Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon were both allowed to leave earlier this summer and the duo were responsible for over half of last season’s goals between them.

Newcastle look unlikely to get another striker in before the transfer window shuts at 5pm on Thursday so turning to the free agent market to fill the void could be the only choice for Steve Bruce and co.

As well as deciding to bring in Carroll, the Magpies have also decided that Dwight Gayle will not be allowed to go out on loan this season.

The 28-year-old spent the last season with West Brom and nearly fired the Baggies to promotion, losing out in the play-off semi-finals to Aston Villa.

Despite the campaign ending in disappointment, it was a good season personally for Gayle as he netted 24 times in all competitions for Albion.

He has been linked with a return to the Hawthorns, while Leeds United and Stoke City were alo understood to be keen but Newcastle have rejected all approaches.

Gayle will hope he now gets another crack at Premier League level with Newcastle having previously netted six times in 35 appearances for the Magpies in the 2017/18 campaign.