Newcastle United had been linked with a move to re-sign striker Andy Carroll from West Ham United, but reports today suggest that the deal won't be happening.
The Magpies struggled last season after the departure of midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain, and that poor form has continued into this term even despite the arrivals of Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Facundo Ferreyra, Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere.
The Magpies sit third bottom of the Premier League with just four points from the first seven games of the season, with under-fire boss Alan Pardew under intense pressure from the Newcastle faithful, the club need something to turn their season around - particularly in front of goal, where the Newcastle strikers have struggled to find the back of the net so far.
That led to rumours over the weekend that former Magpies centre forward Carroll would be heading back to St. James' Park in a cut-price deal from West Ham United - almost four years on from his much talked about £35m move to Liverpool. Injuries have taken their toll on the 25-year-old target man in recent years, but the England international would still give a boost to a goal-shy Newcastle attack.
However, fans won't need to decide whether they'll welcome the Gateshead native back to the club after it was reported in the North East that Carroll isn't interested in leaving Upton Park.
"Not a chance," said agent Mark Curtis, whilst a cited source close to the striker added; "Andy is really happy in London. He’s settled and he just wants to get back to scoring goals for West Ham. He’s working very hard on fitness and hopes to be back on the pitch soon."
Finally on his way back from injury, Carroll seems insistent on repaying Sam Allardyce's faith in East London, which may leave Newcastle going back to the drawing board in search of a new striker.