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Alan Pardew has admitted that Andy Carroll would add 'a nice dimension' to his Newcastle side, but admits any deal for the England and Liverpool striker is not his responsibility

Alan Pardew admits he would be delighted if Newcastle were able to re-sign former fan favourite Andy Carroll from Liverpool.
Carroll left Newcastle for Liverpool in a £35million deal 18 months ago, but he has failed to make a significant impact at Anfield.

Speculaton has been rife since Brendan Rogers appointment as Liverpool manager that Carroll's days at the club are numbered.

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West Ham expressed an interest in signing Carroll on loan earler in the summer, but both the club and the 23-year-old rejected a move to east London.

It is believed that Carroll would be willing to return to Tyneside on loan, but Brendan Rogers is strongly opposed to this idea, with a permanent transfer the only deal he is willing to consider.

With the transfer window closing in five days time, speculation is rife that Newcastle will make a final £17m bid to bring the striker back to the North East.

Speaking after his side's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, Pardew expressed his interest in the big target-man, but admitted a deal is out of his hands.

"That is above me that deal, it is a financial deal that will be done at board level if Liverpool agree," Pardew told reporters.

"If I was saying on a playing level would I like him in the squad, of course I would he would add a nice dimension to us."