Alan Pardew is hoping that his employers keep the cash flow coming as he targets a sensational move to round off a summer of rare Newcastle transfer exuberance.
Convincing Mike Ashley to get his money out takes some doing, but when the Sports Direct supremo does dust the cobwebs off his wallet, he doesn’t hold back.
The Toon – 6/4 to finish in the top ten in 2014/15 – have drafted in six reinforcements during pre-season, with the signings of Daryl Janmaat, Emmanuel Riviere, Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella and Siem De Jong taking their spending north of the £30m mark already.
But Pardew isn’t satisfied there and wants to lump another £15m on top of that to secure the return of Andy Carroll from West Ham in a move that would surely delight the Magpies faithful.
The England battering ram apparently doesn’t comprehend with the recently fashioned phenomenon known as the ‘West Ham way’ and after the Hammers parachuted two South American strikers in, their pony-tailed poacher could be ousted.
Having established himself as one of the country’s top goal-getting prospects during his first stint with hometown team Newcastle, Carroll’s career has somewhat stagnated at first Liverpool then Upton Park, so would such a heavy outlay make sense from a Magpies point of view?
Last term his four assists doubled the number of goals he scored, which doesn’t look especially impressive on the service.
His deployment as an orthodox target man, however, could be seen as the reason for this and if Newcastle were to utilise him in this way their two new attacking acquisitions could reap serious rewards.
Both Perez and Riviere are packing plenty of pace and their movement from deeper positions while defenders wrestle with Carroll – who won 8.9 aerial duels per game on average last term – is likely to lead to the creation of ample chances.
The latter, for example, bagged ten when playing in a similar berth at Monaco last term, where Radamel Falcao and Dimitar Berbatov assumed arrowhead responsibilities.
North east water appears to be the elixir that brings out the goalscoring best in Carroll too; he hit 11 goals in just 19 top-tier starts for the club before moving to Merseyside and only scored 15 in the years that followed.
Should Pardew revert to the style that enabled the 25-year-old to flourish, £15m could prove quite the bargain for the St James’ cult hero.