Odds slashed on Andy Carroll returning to Newcastle

The odds on West Ham striker Andy Carroll re-joining Newcastle have been slashed.
The odds on West Ham striker Andy Carroll re-joining Newcastle have been slashed.

Andy Carroll could be set for a sensational return to Newcastle United, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes.

The West Ham striker has this weekend been linked with a move back to the North East, and the bookies have slashed odds of that happening this summer from 10/1 to just 3/1.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Newcastle have been relatively quite in the transfer window up to this point, but a move for Carroll could kick-start plenty of activity in the North East in the next 10 days or so."

However, manager Rafa Benitez indicated to the Sunday papers that he isn't looking for another striker.

As well as Dwight Gayle and Aleksander Mitrovic he signed Joselu from Stoke City this week, and Ayoze Perez can also play up front.

Gateshead-born Carroll came up through the ranks at St James's Park before leaving for Liverpool in January 2011 in what was then a British record £35million move.

He left Anfield for West Ham on loan in August 2012, in a loan move that was later made permanent for a cut-price £15million.