Andy Carroll: Newcastle ready bid for Liverpool striker

Newcastle prepared to offer Liverpool flop Carroll exit plan from Anfield nightmare

Newcastle are ready to offer Liverpool flop Andy Carroll a sensational exit from his Anfield nightmare by tabling a bid for their former striker.

The Tyneside-born forward was subject of a dramatic 35million transfer deadline day swoop last January, much to Geordie fans' dismay.

But Alan Pardew could be in line to make a stunning bid to bring Carroll back to his native North East.

All too rare: Carroll scored for Liverpool in the FA Cup against... Oldham

All too rare: Carroll scored for Liverpool in the FA Cup against… Oldham

It's in black and white: Would Newcastle fans love to see Carroll back on Tyneside again

Not black and white: Would fans love to see Carroll back on Tyneside again

Mike Ashley would be asked to fork out about under a third of what they received from the Reds, with reports a fee of 15million would be enough to persuade Kenny Dalglish to part with his misfiring striker, according to The Times.

Carroll has managed a paltry four league goals since joining from St James' Park 12 months ago and would relish the chance to rekindle the form which made him the most expensive English player in history.

He is expected to start the Carling Cup semi-final with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night, but even a marked improvement in form would not halt rumours of his impending departure.

Liverpool are believed to want a figure closer to 25m, but if Newcastle can cement a firm offer, they could be open to negotiation.

Pardew has a huge gap to plug in attack after hotshot striker Demba Ba jetted off to play at the Africa Cup of Nations last week.

Red alert: Carroll could be used to fill the gap left by Africa-bound Demba Ba

Red alert: Carroll could be used to fill the gap left by Africa-bound Demba Ba

Geordie boy: Carroll became the most expensive English player a year ago

Geordie boy: Carroll became the most expensive English player a year ago

The Senegal international has bagged 15 goals for the Magpies this term, including a stunner in the recent 3-0 victory over Manchester United.

The win over the Champions signalled a turnaround in fortunes for the Tyneside club who are pushing hard for Champions League football this season.

A challenge made all the harder in the absence of the Barclays Premier League's joint second top goalscorer.

Carroll bagged 11 goals in 20 appearances for Newcastle last term before his switch to Merseyside and his arrival could help the club maintain their top four ambitions.

Backlash: Many Newcastle fans were disgusted at the nature of Carroll's departure

Backlash: Many Newcastle fans were disgusted at the nature of Carroll's departure