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Newcastle explore prospect of tempting West Ham's Carroll home

Newcastle United are exploring the prospect of luring West Ham United striker Andy Carroll back to Tyneside.

The People says Toon boss Alan Pardew believes he can persuade the Londoners to sell after they snapped up Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia this summer.

Pardew is ready to offer the Londoners their £15m back to bring the England star home to the north east.

And if Pardew gets Carroll he will drop his interest in Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha.

A Toon source said: "Like all Geordies, Andy Carroll has never lost his love for Newcastle and we are sure if West Ham agree to sell we would have no difficulty in persuading him to come home."

The lure of the black-and-white shirt is strong and the Toon source added: "Don't forget Alan Shearer turned down Manchester United to come home to Newcastle."

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