Should Newcastle and West Ham consider a swap deal involving Aleksandar Mitrovic and Andy Carroll?

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match

Newcastle United and West Ham United could both benefit from exchanging the two strikers.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic and Burnley manager Sean DycheWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic 

After a tremendously disappointing Premier League campaign for the Hammers, Slaven Bilic has a lot of work to do this summer, if he is to transform his side back into Europa League contenders.

One main area of concern for the Croatian will be his forward options, with so many injury prone strikers on the books at West Ham, and a severe lack of quality.

Andy Carroll, in particular, is one player whose future is far from certain. There is no doubting his quality, but there has rarely been a season when he has played more than 20 Premier League games. 

Only twice has he started more than 20 league games in the last seven years, and it could be argued that the East London outfit would be best served in selling him, in spite of all the good things he undoubtedly brings to the side when fit.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll in the standsWest Ham United's Andy Carroll 

Newcastle are another side who have experienced forward problems recently, with Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic likely to be deemed surplus to requirements the summer.

With this in mind, the Hammers and the Magpies should surely consider a swap deal between the two players.

Newcastle's prodigal son Carroll would return to St James' Park to great fanfare, and the manner in which he puts himself about on the pitch would once again immediately endear him to the Toon Army.

Whilst Benitez might be apprehensive in bringing a player with so many injury problems to the club, a straight swap for Mitrovic would negate any kind of concern regarding an outlay of a transfer fee.

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic in action with Barnsley's Adam JacksonNewcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic in action 

As popular as Carroll's return to the North East would be, Mitrovic's potential move to the East End of London would equally as well-received.

The Hammers faithful have always loved an emotional character, and the 22-year-old former Anderlecht man could be just the ticket for West Ham.

Both strikers could reinvigorate their careers with moves to the respective clubs, and it could be a deal that would be tremendously beneficial for all parties concerned.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez celebrates winning the league with the trophyNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez 

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