Newcastle target Carrick with Manchester United contract set to expire

The 34-year-old midfielder has yet to be offered a new deal, but he will have plenty of options if his Old Trafford spell ends this summer
Newcastle United are one of five clubs who have approached Michael Carrick over a summer move, but the midfielder still hopes to extend his stay with Manchester United.

The England international's current deal at Old Trafford ends in June, but Goal understands that Newcastle have been monitoring his situation for some time and will consider him as one of their transfer options in the summer.

But Carrick, who turns 35 in July, is keen to remain with United. He has seen his game time reduced since the arrival of Louis van Gaal as manager in 2014 and been sidelined regularly in recent months as the Red Devils' schedule has grown more taxing, yet he still believes he serves a purpose in the engine room.

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United have allowed the former West Ham and Tottenham star's contract to run closer to its expiry than ever before during his 10-year stay, and that has attracted the interest of a great number of Premier League rivals.

Newcastle could hold a greater attraction for Carrick than the other four options, since he was born in Wallsend, just five miles from St James' Park. However, the Magpies' final decision may also depend on their Premier League status as well as the opinion of manager Rafa Benitez, who recently signed a deal until the end of the season to replace the sacked Steve McClaren.

Carrick has played 411 times for Manchester United since his 2006 switch from Spurs, winning the Premier League on five occasions as well as the Champions League in 2008.