This morning brings us an ‘Exclusive’ on Andy Carroll set to sign for Newcastle…

The only problem being that this is the 1474th time the story has being run by the media, or probably more as I’ve lost count.

This time it is The Mirror bringing us this exclusive (…invented garbage).

10 November 2015

“Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is ready to launch a January move for Andy Carroll.

“….McClaren wants him back at St James’ Park to spearhead the Magpies’ climb up the table.”

Funnily enough, if we go back 13 months (which was also during an international break – a prime time for making up rubbish in the press), this is what I wrote on The Mag:

12 October 2014

‘The Andy Carroll to Newcastle ‘Exclusive’ this morning makes it 1473 times this has surfaced, or is that 2473….?.

The only change today is that at least it is the Chronicle running the exclusive, as opposed to the usual Alan Oliver and the Sunday People who seem to have used it at least every other week ever since Andy Carroll first left Tyneside.

The way the story goes this morning is that West Ham will be keen to get rid of Carroll in January and they think Newcastle could be keen.

The only slight problem I see with that particular reasoning is I don’t believe either thing is true.

The big problem with Carroll at West Ham is getting and keeping him fit, when he plays he is a handful for anybody.

After a couple of years of ongoing injury problems, why would West Ham then ditch him in some budget transfer when he is at last fit, after paying his wages so far for little in return? Even more bizarre are claims that they would let him go out on loan and let one of their competitors have the use of him now fit, for a small loan fee at best?

Also, at the other end of the deal, the idea that Mike Ashley is suddenly going to agree any kind of a permanent transfer for Carroll, at anything close to the wages he is on, is clear fantasy.

Whatever Ashley’s intentions, there is no way he will break this vice like grip on the level of wages he will allow at Newcastle United.

The argument as to whether Carroll would be good for Newcastle in terms of football reasons is a redundant one because it will never happen.’

Whilst none of the press are innocent, it does appear that Trinity Mirror (The Mirror, Sunday People, Chronicle all owned by them) see this as an exclusive that can constantly be milked.

All of the reasons I wrote 13 months ago about why Andy Carroll WON’T be coming to Newcastle are still valid and even more so, considering this is such a pivotal season for the Hammers as they need to put themselves in the very best of positions to attract fans as they move into the Olympic Stadium next summer.

They will not be releasing any players that have any use, especially potential goalscorers, particularly so when Dimitri Payet has just been crocked.

I know we shouldn’t really bite at all this nonsense but of course The Mirror don’t even address the fact that Newcastle already have a huge very slow striker that they have just spent a fortune on.

The suggestion of playing Aleksandar Mitrovic and Andy Carroll together is an ‘interesting’ one but not an idea that has any basis in reality.

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