Newcastle United would have to smash their transfer record to bring Andy Carroll back to St James’s Park.
The Magpies have been linked with a January move for the West Ham United striker, who is understood to be open to the idea of a return to Tyneside.
However, it is believed the Hammers will only consider selling the 26-year-old if they receive a huge offer for the forward.Carroll, who has been beset by injuries over the last few years, joined West Ham in a permanent £15million move from Liverpool in June 2013.
And the Hammers are believed to want far in excess of that figure for the Geordie striker if they are to consider selling him.
Newcastle’s record transfer fee is the £16million they paid Real Madrid for Michael Owen in 2005, with Alan Shearer (£15million) and Georginio Wijnaldum (£14.5million) the next highest.
And it remains to be seen whether they are prepared to beat those figures for Carroll, who has only started 26 Premier League games in the last 30 months.
Carroll was sold by Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011 for £35million but has scored just 21 Premier League goals since leaving Tyneside.
He has been consigned to a bit-part role at West Ham since his return from injury this season, but came off the bench to score the winner against Chelsea last month.
Carroll is engaged to The Only Way is Essex star Billi Mucklow, and the pair recently had their first child, a baby boy called Arlo.
However, he it is believed that despite his family commitments, Carroll remains interested in a move back to Newcastle, where he made his name.