Newcastle must smash transfer record to sign West Ham's Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll

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.

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

However, reports today claimed that 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.