John Hartson reacts to reports claiming Newcastle want to sign Andy Carroll

Newcastle have been linked with signing Andy Carroll from West Ham.

Carroll has been linked with making a return to Newcastle in the January transfer window, but former West Ham striker John Hartson has reacted to the reports, telling talkSPORT that a move for the forward is unlikely.

The former striker said: “It would cost them a lot of money, wouldn’t it. West Ham paid big money for Carroll, when Sam Allardyce brought him in, and they nurtured him back to fitness - so they’ve been patient with him. So I’d be surprised at that [a transfer to Newcastle]. I just think West Ham would want to keep ahold of him.”

The Mirror reported the story last night, claiming that Steve McClaren is looking to bring Carroll back to Newcastle in January to spearhead the Magpies' rise up the Premier League table.

The former Newcastle academy player is only a back-up striker for the Hammers, with Diafra Sakho firmly ahead of him in the pecking order of Slaven Bilic, but he proved his worth last month with the winning goal against Chelsea.

Carroll has spent his time at West Ham consistently struck down by injury, but he has been worked back to full health by Bilic and his management team, and looks to finally be making a name for himself with the Hammers, after two wasted years.

Hartson does not believe that West Ham would sanction selling Carroll any time soon, with them only now seeing his best impact following his return to fitness.

They payed big money to bring him to the Boleyn Ground from Liverpool, with the report stating a £15 million price tag, and they are not going to want to see him leave for less than that after just eight goals in his two seasons since becoming a permanent signing.

Newcastle would have to splash the cash on Carroll to entice the Hammers into a sale, and they are not in the position that they need a new striker due to Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic playing well this term.

Carroll has been linked with a Newcastle return many times before, but it is unlikely that he will head back to St James’ Park in January.

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