BURNLEY are considering a move for former Newcastle star Andy Carroll, according to reports.
Carroll, 33, departed St James' Park last summer and spent four months as a free agent before signing for Reading.
He joined the Royals on a £1,000-a-week deal but his contract is set to expire this month.
That could lead Burnley to pick up Carroll on a free – offering him a chance to return to the Premier League, according to The Daily Mail.
The former England striker has proved his fitness in the Championship and remained injury free.
And he has impressed at the Madejski – although he has only scored one goal in seven matches, albeit for a struggling Reading side.
In the club's 7-0 defeat to Fulham on Tuesday Carroll found the net with two incredible strikes then saw BOTH goals ruled out.
One was an overhead kick and the other a volley from 25-yeards after he brought the ball down on his chest – but both were ruled out for offside.
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But Sean Dyche may have taken notice and Carroll's height and physique makes him a like-for-like replacement for Chris Wood.
The forward departed Turf Moor this week to join Newcastle after the Magpies activated his £25million release fee.
Carroll has a troubled history with Burnley however.
He was sent off against the Clarets in a previous visit and Dyche wanted him to receive the same punishment after he smashed into Ben Mee with his forearm in a 2019 match.
But Carroll felt Mee was doing exactly the same and went on a rant after the game.
He said: “He was jumping up giving elbows, I was jumping up giving elbows.
“It was exactly the same at both ends but every game it is always me, always me.
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"Fabian Schar has come in there with bumps all over his head, bruises everywhere and somehow nothing is done. It’s a disgrace really.
“Let’s face it, it was a disgusting game. The weather was terrible, the referee gave decisions against us.
“It’s hard to keep your cool in those situations, really hard. There were decisions they got that we didn’t get and it’s frustrating."
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