NOLBERTO Solano says he'd love to make an emotional return to Newcastle United.
But the winger – who trained with Chris Hughton's side over the weekend – fears he will have to see out his career elsewhere.
Solano turned out against Newcastle's reserves yesterday, playing 90 minutes for Sheffield United in a behind-closed-doors game in South Yorkshire.
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The 35-year-old's former St James's Park team-mate Gary Speed, now a coach at Bramall Lane, offered him a trial while Hughton mulls over his offer to play on a short-term deal.
The Blades ran out 4-1 winners, though the former Peru international was not on the scoresheet.
"I'd love to come back to Newcastle," said Solano. "My dream is to help Newcastle United get back to the Premier League.
"They're in a good position to do it, and I've made them an offer to help finish off the job in any way I can.
"I think Chris Hughton has done a fantastic job this season, and the decision to sign me would be entirely up to him.
"I've got a lot of respect for him, but the decision is his, and whatever one he makes I'd respect it.
"It was strange playing against Newcastle yesterday because there were a lot of youngsters who were just boys when I was at the club, and they are all fully-grown men now!
"But I decided before the game that I couldn't bring myself to score against them, because I love the team so much."
Solano had a trial with Colchester United late last year after the season ended in Peru, but couldn't agree a deal with the League One club.
"I've been enjoying my time back in England, and it's been great to see some familiar faces and former team-mates," added Solano.
"And it would be lovely to think I could finish my career in this country, as I still feel I could do a job for somebody.
"Everybody knows how I feel about Newcastle United. There's plenty of the season left, and perhaps I can play a part somewhere, but where, at the moment, who knows?"
Solano had two spells at United earlier in his career, and is undoubtedly on the most popular foreign players to have pulled on a black and white jersey.
He also had spells with Aston Villa and West Ham United.
Solano – who hopes to take his coaching badges in England – is also on the radar of former Newcastle No2 John Carver, now assistant manager of Plymouth Argyle.