Manager Tony Pulis is looking for a target man to give his side a greater threat up front next season and has been scouting around Europe.
Carroll has been on Pulis's radar for 18 months but the 6ft 5ins Newcastle striker has had a troubled year off the pitch and that has put doubts in the Stoke manager's mind.
Trouble man: Carroll has made headlines on and off the pitch this season
However, he is still prepared to take a chance and believes a moveaway from the north east and its distractions would be beneficial tothe player.
Pulis wants to tempt Newcastle by offering cash plus some of hisStoke squad in return with Dave Kitson, Liam Lawrence and James Beattiepossible candidates.
Out of favour Beattie is also wanted by Blackburn but they arereluctant to pay more than £1m for a player who has one year left onhis contract.
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