Newcastle are ready to swoop for Michael Carrick in the summer if the midfielder is not offered a new deal at Manchester United.
Carrick’s contract expires at the end of the season, but the England international is yet to be informed whether the club plan on offering him an extension.
According to The Times, the 34-year-old is happy to bide his time and wait for United to make a decision, and will not take a leaf out of John Terry’s book by trying to force the club’s hand.
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren wants to sign Carrick, who hails from the North East, on a free transfer in the summer, but the former Tottenham man’s preferred option would be to remain at Old Trafford.
United assistant manager Ryan Giggs is keen on keeping Carrick, and has even suggested he should join the coaching staff if his playing days are not extended.
At present the decision making process at Old Trafford is being somewhat unclear due to the uncertainty regarding the future of Louis van Gaal, with reports on Tuesday suggesting Jose Mourinho has agreed to take over from next season.
Carrick, meanwhile, has suffered from a number of injury issues over the past 18 months, although the Red Devils have largely looked a better side when the defensive midfielder starts.