Newcastle United were linked with moving for the experienced midfielder in the summer.
With The Sun suggesting that Manchester United currently have no plans to reopen contract talks with Michael Carrick, it surely makes sense for Newcastle United to reignite their summer interest in the veteran ahead of what appears to be an inevitable return to the Premier League.
The Sun reports that the 35-year-old is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season. And with no talks currently arranged, it appears that United are at least considering letting Carrick move on at the end of the campaign after a decade with the Red Devils.
Manchester United's Michael Carrick
Should that ultimately prove to be the case, the Magpies simply have to make a move.
The Daily Mail reported back in May that a recently-relegated Newcastle were one of the sides that were keen on signing the former England international.
That interest came at a time before it was confirmed that Rafael Benitez would be staying at St James' Park despite their fall into the Championship.
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez
The Spaniard's decision to stay and their subsequent start to life in the second tier has meant that there is arguably more optimism around the club than there has been for many years.
Even after losing against Blackburn this weekend, promotion looks to be something of a certainty for Newcastle. And should that happen, signing a player of Carrick's quality on a free transfer would undoubtedly be a tremendous piece of business.
Newcastle's squad have received plenty of praise, but they would surely need additional depth if they hope to quickly re-establish themselves at the highest level.
Carrick brings a huge amount of experience of playing in the top flight, and has shown when he has been used by Jose Mourinho this term that he definitely still has something to offer.
His arrival would not only inspire the younger players at the club, but it would also mean that they should still have plenty of funds to address other areas of the squad, so he could turn into one of the best pieces of business they do all summer.