Andy Carroll medical at Hammers but Newcastle’s Joe Kinnear “wants to hijack”

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carroll_fasemiAndy Carroll is due at West Ham today to undergo a medical and take a big step closer to his £15.5million switch from Liverpool.

However, reports emerging this morning (Tuesday) suggest newly appointed Newcastle director of football, and former manager, Joe Kinnear, has his eye on bringing Carroll back to St James’ Park as his first signing.

David Kent of the Daily Mail says:

The new director of football wants to re-sign the striker who went from Tyneside to Liverpool for £35million in 2011.

The transfer saga of Carroll has been long-running though and a last gasp attempt to take him to Newcastle could be too little too late for Kinnear and Alan Pardew. Although, the forward was previously reported to prefer a move back to his hometown club.

Liverpool agreed a fee with West Ham over the permanent sale of Carroll last month, after the England striker spent a successful season on-loan in East London.

All that is left for Carroll to do is agree personal terms with Sam Allardyce’s side and pass his medical, which is expected to take place today.

Monday’s London Evening Standard report:

The England international has been out of the country on holiday but it is understood he will fly in for his physical assessment with the Hammers tomorrow.

Carroll made 58 appearances for Liverpool following his £35million move from St James’ Park in January 2011, scoring 11 times.

During the 2012/13 season, he scored 7 goals in 22 appearances for the Hammers, becoming a crowd favourite as Allardyce’s men finished 10th in the Premier League.

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