Andy Carroll opens up on Reading speculation after Newcastle United exit

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Andy Carroll spoke of Reading’s interest in him during the summer transfer window.

Carroll remains on the hunt for a new club after leaving Newcastle United at the end of last season when his contract expired.

The 32-year-old spent two years in his second stint at St. James’ Park, making 43 appearances in two seasons for the Magpies.

The forward was released at the end of last season, however, and is now waiting for another club to try their luck.

The Reading championship team were linked with the free agent in the later stages of the summer transfer window and are said to be in talks with the forward.

But a decision did not materialize for the 6-foot-4 forward, for reasons that remain unknown. Carroll, however, spoke of the Royals’ interest in an interview with The Athletic, remaining open-minded about his future.

He said, “Not knowing where you’re going to end up is the hardest thing. I could end up in Reading, I could end up in Newcastle, I could end up in Turkey or the US or whatever, and that’s just unknown.

“The league (which a club is in) doesn’t really bother me as long as the club is good for me and for them, that’s what’s important.”

The verdict

It’s hard to say why a move for Carroll didn’t work out, but I can only imagine it was about finances.

Carroll has likely had high wages in the Premier League with West Ham and Newcastle, and it may take some time for him to adjust to the fall of the leagues.

If he does well in the Championship it could revitalize his career, and they obviously have the beauty of knowing they can sign them anytime because he’s a free agent.


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