Danny Mills expects Andy Carroll to be surplus to requirements at Newcastle United this summer if the prospective takeover is completed.
The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the incoming owners will not offer the 31-year-old a new deal due to question marks over his fitness.
Carroll returned to St. James Park last August on a free transfer from West Ham having left for £35million back in January 2011.
The striker’s current pay-as-you-play deal will expire on 30 June but he may be in line for a short-term deal after the Premier League unanimously agreed players’ contracts could be extended until the end of the season.
However, Mills claims the incoming owners will not hand the former England international a new deal ahead of next year.
“I suggest the reason he has not played that much is because he is on a pay-as-you-play deal,” he told Football Insider.
“He has only had a couple of half games.
“The new owners have come in and I would suggest the new owners will come in and take a realistic approach to it.
“They will know that he is a fans’ favourite but he has no played enough football. It is as simple as that. I assume they will say, “Thank you very much but we are now looking for the next level of quality.”
“They will want players that are fit and ready to play.”
Forbes has now claimed the proposed £300million buyout of Mike Ashley from the PCP Partners has now been approved by the Premier League.
Carroll has failed to score in his 14 appearances this season with Steve Bruce preferring £40million summer signing Joelinton in attack.
In other Newcastle United news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider that likely appointment could “cause real problems” at St. James’ Park.