Alan Pardew 'hopes' for Andy Carroll Newcastle return

Andy Carroll is set to face his boyhood club on Saturday, with Newcastle hosting West Ham.

Carroll started his career at Newcastle, scoring 31 goals in 80 league appearances.

The 25-year-old broke through at St James’ Park in the 2008/09 season, but he failed to help keep the Magpies in the Premier League. He claimed a starting role the following campaign, scoring 17 goals in the Championship on the way to the second division title, before netting 11 goals in just 19 appearances at the beginning of the following top flight season.

His impressive form for the Magpies saw Liverpool splash out £35 million for the English forward, having sold Fernando Torres for £50 million earlier on transfer deadline day. He became the most expensive British footballer of all time following the switch to Anfield, but he failed to live up to his price tag. A return of just six goals in 44 games saw the forward shunted out, and he completed a loan switch to West Ham United in August 2012, before making the deal permanent for £15 million the following year.

He has failed to really get going at the Bolyen Ground, making just 17 appearances in his two-year spell, with injury preventing him from making a larger impact. The nine-capped forward missed the start of the current campaign through injury, but, having made his first start of the season last weekend - and impressing in a 2-1 defeat to Everton - Carroll is set to lead the Hammers’ line this Saturday - at St James’ Park.

Known to be a big Magpies fan, there have been consistent rumours that Carroll could be returning to Tyneside in January, with Alan Pardew reportedly looking at signing a striker, and the manager admitted that he hoped Carroll would return to Newcastle in the future.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Pardew said: “I think he would [want to come back to Newcastle United in the future], and I hope he does come back to his home town.

“He has got that love here. I really enjoyed working with Andy. I think he’s a terrific player. I know we get linked with him every two weeks, which is always probably going to happen whether it’s me or another manager.

“So I’m not going to hide from the fact that I like him. I think he’s a good player.”

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