Andy Carroll set for a move back to Newcastle United.
News that greets you every year as you take down the Christmas decorations.
The only amazing thing is that it has taken three days into the transfer window before somebody claims this is going to happen, again, and again, and again.
Andy Carroll turns 30 on Sunday and has scored three Premier League goals in the past 21 months in between long spells of lying down in the treatment room.
You can obviously see why this is exactly what Newcastle would need in the final months of the season…
The embarrassing claims are carried by the Express.
Their story claiming that a swap deal could be on the cards for Jonjo Shelvey.
So would that be them offering £15m for Shelvey or £25m plus Andy Carroll?
Shelvey hasn’t been at his best due to injuries and lack of form but if Newcastle are going to survive he has a key part to play this season, especially with Ki Sung-yeung away until February.
As for Carroll, he shuffled around last night for 45 minutes before being subbed for West Ham, his first Premier League start in exactly 12 months.
Surely the only way that anybody would take Andy Carroll on now is on a pay as you go basis, which in reality would end up in not many games and not much money having to be shelled out.
The Express – Thursday 3 January 2019:
‘Carroll returned to first team action last night against Brighton but toiled for 45 minutes before being hooked.
The nine-time England international is one of the top earners at the club but has been blighted by injuries throughout his career.
The 29-year-old has made just one start and six substitute appearances all season without finding the net.
His contract is up in the summer and West Ham are now looking at ways to cut their losses before losing him on a free.
Reliable West Ham news source @ExWHUemployee tweeted that he’d been told the club were looking at a deal with Newcastle that would include Shelvey coming in return.
Newcastle are desperate for more fire power and a return to the north would appeal to Carroll.
@ExWHUemployee was asked if the club were going to be able to ship Carroll out this month.
And he said: “Well I heard yesterday we were trying to do a swap deal with Jonjo Shelvey from someone at the ground (told you I would tweet it) although that was the first I had heard of it so not sure how much substance there is.“
Shelvey has started just eight times this season despite Newcastle’s struggles and West Ham are looking at options to bolster their midfield.’