The three reasons why Andy Carroll will not be leaving West Ham for Newcastle anytime soon

Andy Carroll

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has once again been linked with a return to boyhood club Newcastle United this week.

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is reportedly ready to launch a January move for the former Magpies striker, claim the Mirror.

The paper says the big Geordie forward, who is not first choice under Slaven Bilic at Upton Park, is wanted by the ex-England boss to spearhead his struggling side’s climb up the Premier League table.

Carroll is very much plan B behind star striker Diafra Sakho and is less suited to Bilic's free-flowing attacking style than the Senegal star.

Recent performances in his first starts for over eight months against Watford and Everton have been criticised by fans who expect more.

But despite that, there are three major reasons why Carroll won't be going to Newcastle, or anywhere else this January, anytime soon.

1) Carroll's huge contract runs until 2019

When West Ham splashed out a club record £18 million to being Carroll in from Liverpool back in 2013 - as reported by the Telegraph - he signed a whopping six-year contract at Upton Park. He has spent more time in the treatment room than on the pitch since then, much to the frustration of everyone at the club, including the men who sanctioned the deal, owners David Sullivan and David Gold. According to the Telegraph's report, Carroll's wages are an eye-watering £90,000 per week, meaning the remaining four years of his contract are worth... wait for it... over £18 million in wages alone. To sign Carroll, West Ham would want a transfer fee, presumably no less than a bare minimum £10 million, but Carroll will not be going anywhere if the club trying to sign him aren't willing to match his current deal, or even extend it over a longer period. Therefore, Newcastle would have to find around £10million and pledge nearly another £20 million to bring back the striker they sold for almost the same value back in 2011.

2) He is settled in Essex

Carroll and his fiancee Billi Mucklow, one of the stars of reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex, are settled and enjoying life in Essex. The striker and his bride-to-be splashed out on an extravagant mansion last Christmas - as reported by the Daily Mail - where they have since welcomed their first child together. While it is not unthinkable that Carroll could commute by plane to rejoin his first club, would fans and the management at St James' Park really be happy with that arrangement, which could be seen as a lack of commitment, particularly if things aren't going too well on the pitch. By all accounts, Carroll loves London life and with West Ham on the brink of moving to the exciting new 54,000 seater Olympic Stadium, he believes it can ultimately lead to Champions League football, as reported by the London Evening Standard.

3) Injury record

No-one doubts Carroll's all round quality and work ethic, it is why fans and clubs have been so patient with him over the years. But the words 'lengthy injury' have time and again cast a shadow over the 26-year-old's career and restricted him to just 57 games and 15 goals in over three years. His latest injury, back in January, kept him out for eight months, but it is nothing new. Carroll has been troubled by injury throughout his career, playing just 44 times for Liverpool over two years after signing for £35 million. Even at Newcastle, he struggled to play on a regular basis, racking up just 80 appearances in the five years after making his debut for the Magpies. Although he has returned to fitness in recent weeks, would a club really be willing to risk such a massive outlay on a player with such a poor injury record, particularly one like Newcastle who find themselves in such a precarious state?

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