Betting syndicate Ladbrokes have this afternoon provided updated odds on the possibility of West Ham striker Andy Carroll making a surprise move back to Newcastle.
West Ham struggles
Burly hitman Carroll joined West Ham on a permanent deal in the summer of 2013, following a successful loan stint with the capital outfit.
However, his time with the Hammers has since proven largely-underwhelming.
Over the 5-and-a-half seasons since West Ham shelled out the £15 million to Liverpool to secure Carroll’s signature, the 9-time capped English international has failed to rack up more than 15 Premier League starts once.
Last season proved particularly-disappointing, with the 30-year-old having managed just 7 league starts across the entirety of the campaign.
And Carroll’s unrelenting injury problems have shown no sign of slowing to this point in the current season, with an ankle issue having seen the striker pick up just 7 Premier League appearances, 1 of which came as a start.
Newcastle return on the cards?
However, despite his widely-publicised fitness struggles, the aforementioned update courtesy of Ladbrokes this afternoon has suggested that one club nevertheless interested in luring Carroll away from the London Stadium this month are Newcastle United.
Carroll of course came up through the youth ranks at St. James’ Park, before going on to line out for the Magpies from 2006-2011.
And the odds of the 30-year-old making a surprise return to his boyhood club have today been slashed from 8/1 to just 3/1.
As per Alex Apati of Ladbrokes:
‘He’s fighting for his place in the West Ham squad. But with Newcastle in desperate need of another striker, we reckon they may just turn to a familiar face.’
‘An important player’
This report comes just days after West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini played down the possibility of a winter departure for Carroll:
‘I don’t think so. I think Andy will stay here with us. He is an important player for our team.’
‘He is just coming back from a long, long injury. And the way he is taking advantage of his minutes he will return to the player that we all know.’