. we read today "Newcastle will not pursue their interest in re-signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll this summer."
Suggesting one thing - Mike Ashley has put the block on Pardew signings!
Press Association Sport understands the Magpies will NOT move for Carroll as they attempt to bolster a strike-force which was severely depleted by Demba Ba's January departure for Chelsea.
Manager Alan Pardew has repeatedly spoken of his willingness to consider bringing the now 24-year-old England international, who was sold to the Reds for £35million in January 2011, back to St James' Park.
But the club failed in a cheeky attempt to sign him on loan last summer after it became clear he had little part to plan in Brendan Rodgers' plans at Anfield, and he headed for West Ham instead.
The Hammers have agreed a fee of £15million plus add-ons, with the decision now in Carroll's hands.
I can promise you (knowing his contacts), Carroll is waiting for a Newcastle offer . but Ashley has the last word . and it seems he is putting a tight rein on Pardew's spending.
Source: Newcastle United Mad