Newcastle have announced the signing of their former striker Andy Carroll on an initial one-year deal.
Carroll returns to Newcastle eight-and-a-half years after leaving, when he moved to Liverpool for £35m.
The striker was a free agent after leaving West Ham, and according to the Chronicle, has signed an unprecedented pay-as-you-play deal to return to his boyhood club.
“It feels very good. My friends and family are here, and it’s the club that I support – it is home,” Carroll told Newcastle’s official website.
“I enjoyed the time I spent here, and hopefully I can carry on where I left off. When I left eight-and-a-half years ago, I was scoring goals and I was enjoying my football. It’s been a pretty tough time since then, and I just want to get back to that.
“I know it’s home. I’ve played here, I’ve spoken to the fans – I am a fan – and my family is here. For me to get back to where I was, I think this is the only place for me.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle have sent winger Jacob Murphy on loan to Sheffield Wednesday for the season.