Newcastle will reportedly only sanction a deal for Andy Carroll if he agrees to a pay-as-you-play contract.
According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle are prepared to offer Andy Carroll a return to St. James' Park - but only if he agrees to a pay-as-you-play contract.
Newcastle stayed up by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the Premier League season, so 54-year-old McClaren certainly has his work cut out as he bids to bring the glory days back to Tyneside.
McClaren's plans for success could include a return to St. James' Park for ex-Magpies striker Andy Carroll, who came up through the club's ranks before leaving for Liverpool in January 2011.
Now with West Ham, the giant striker could be allowed to leave after suffering a number of injuries - but a return to Newcastle will depend on his willingness to accept a pay-as-you-play deal.
The Mirror believe that, with McClaren desperate for a No. 9 striker, Carroll is a target - but his injury history means that Newcastle are 'reluctant' to pay him a huge weekly wage, and will instead look to dilute his contract by only paying him when he is able to play.
Carroll, 26, will surely still see a future for himself at West Ham and may be unwilling to accept such a deal - but a return to his boyhood club could be hard to turn down this summer, even with contractual stipulations.