Kevin Nolan has backed Newcastle United to re-sign Andy Carroll this summer following his release from West Ham United at the end of last month.
Former Premier League midfielder Nolan has shared that he spoke with Carroll 'a couple of weeks ago' and he is currently training at West Ham's London facility in order to stay fit.
The 30-year-old has had a torrid time with injuries in recent years and during the last campaign, the Newcastle academy product failed to score a Premier League goal.
"I think that has been the biggest problem for Andy, at crucial times he has picked up knocks," Nolan told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I was with him a couple of weeks ago, he looked really well and he had been training really hard. I think it's great West Ham have allowed him to use their facilities. He has been training alone over there.
"I am hoping someone will come in and give him that opportunity because he'll be a real asset to whoever he goes to next. You never write it off [Carroll to Newcastle] because if he does stay fit for that season, you know he's going to cause a lot of trouble for defenders and he's going to score goals for you.
"I am sure it is something Steve Bruce does have a think about."
Last season, Newcastle had the popular Salomon Rondon playing upfront for them as his 11 league goals and ability to bring the best out of those around him made him a firm fan favourite.
But he returned to his parent club West Brom in the summer, and with Rafa Benitez also heading for the exit door, it made his potential return even less likely.
Now, Newcastle, who are in need of firepower up top, are looking for a player that can put the ball into the back of the net on a regular basis ahead of the new season.
The Northern Echo have claimed that their new striker could come in the shape of Hoffenheim forward Joelinton, with Newcastle confident that they can seal the finishing touches to his deal.
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