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1st Jun, 2017 | 10:54am

Betting update: Newcastle installed favourites to re-sign 28-year-old striker

By Will Butcher

Newcastle have been made favourites to bring West Ham striker Andy Carroll back to St. James’ Park this summer, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

Sky Bet price a Tyneside return for target man Carroll at 7/2, as his former side look to strengthen following their instant return to the Premier League from the Championship.

Rafa Benitez’s side are clear favourites to sign the former Liverpool striker, with Premier League rivals Everton priced at 22/1 as the next most likely destination for Carroll.

A move to the Chinese Super League is at 25/1, while 2015-16 Premier League champions Leicester are at the same price to bring the powerful forward to the King Power Stadium.

Carroll, 28, could find his future at the London Stadium in doubt, following another season that has been blighted with injury problems.

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Troubles with his knee and groin have limited Carroll to making just 22 appearances in all competitions, finding the back of the net seven times for the east London outfit.

The Hammers bought Carroll from Liverpool for £15million back in the summer of 2013 after a disappointing stay on Merseyside, signing a six-year deal.

Now, with only two years left on his current contract with Slaven Bilic’s side, Carroll could be tempted to rejoin his boyhood club if Benitez opts to make a move.

Football Insider verdict:

Newcastle currently have an abundance of strikers at St. James’ Park and one or even two should be sold if they are to sign a new forward. Dwight Gayle’s goals propelled Newcastle to first place in the Championship last season, with Daryl Murphy and Aleksander Mitrovic providing cover when needed. Adam Armstrong was loaned to Barnsley but has now returned to the club after an impressive stay in Yorkshire. The Toon should look to sign Carroll but could do with selling Murphy, who is similar to Carroll in terms of style, while Mitrovic should also be offloaded as he could command a decent transfer fee.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the Toon have reached a verdict on the future of this 21-year-old attacker.

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