The 26-year-old Geordie started his career at Newcastle before joining Liverpool in 2011. After a disappointing period at Anfield, Carroll moved to West Ham.
The striker has since built up a rapport with Hammers supporters, yet his injury problems over the past two years have restricted his playing opportunities.
Despite being fit and fresh again, Carroll doesn’t appear to be boss Slaven Bilic’s favoured centre-forward and a lack of game time may see him consider his options in the upcoming transfer window.
Newcastle represents a fine choice for him, a return home and to have a sense of purpose once more.
However, the Magpies are currently undertaking big changes to their previous ways under new boss Steve McClaren and a return for Carroll could cause ultimately more harm than good.
Instead of throwing money at experienced British players, Newcastle summer opted to bring in a number of top prospects over the summer in the hope of seeing them exceed expectations on Tyneside.
While results haven’t been too great as of yet, there is genuine reason to be excited about the club’s future, with players such as Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez progressing well.
The latter, a 2014 summer acquisition from Tenerife, has been superb this season and is reportedly attracting interest from both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, according to a report in The Sun.
The only way Newcastle’s front duo are to progress further is with regular playing time, a factor which could be hindered by the arrival of Carroll and the ensuing pressure and expectation to play him.
Newcastle would be wiser spending their money on more urgent matters, such as a new centre-back.