Newcastle are allegedly interested in re-signing Andy Carroll.
The Magpies are set to appoint Steve McClaren as their new manager this week according to the BBC, hopefully sparking a new era on Tyneside.
McClaren, 56, will want to bring in some new signings to make sure Newcastle aren't involved in another relegation battle next season, and once again the speculation has turned to Andy Carroll.
The 26-year-old was not only born in Gateshead but also started his career with the Magpies, scoring 33 goals in 91 games for Newcastle before his stunning move to Liverpool in January 2011.
Having failed at Anfield, Carroll moved on to West Ham initially on loan in 2012 before signing permanently in 2013, but he has only been able to muster just over 50 appearances for the Hammers, scoring only 14 goals in an injury-hit spell in East London.
Now, The Chronicle believe that Newcastle would be willing to consider a bid to re-sign Carroll - but only if West Ham would be willing to offer him up in a cut-price deal.
The Hammers don't have many strikers at their disposal right now so any bids to sell Carroll could depend on who West Ham can sign this summer.
Magpies fans have had a testing relationship with Carroll ever since he left the club for Liverpool over four years ago, but the St. James' Park would no doubt support him if he did come back - which seemingly isn't an immediate possibility.