ANDY CARROLL is in talks to join Reading on a free transfer, according to reports.
The striker was released by Newcastle United at the end of last season following a low-key two years back at his boyhood club.
Premier League interest has been sparse in the ponytailed former England international, after he scored just one goal in 43 appearances back at St James' Park.
But he could be handed a career lifeline in the second tier.
According to Pete O'Rourke, Reading have opened talks with Carroll over a deal.
Veljko Paunovic's side are seeking reinforcements following a disappointing start to the season.
The Royals currently sit 21st in the Championship, having lost four of their first five games.
Yesterday Reading completed the loan signing of Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea.
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And now they hope to add another England veteran in Carroll.
The 32-year-old joined Liverpool for £35million back in January 2011, before going on to sign for West Ham United 18 months later.
Carroll suffered an injury-hit spell with the Hammers, but did manage 34 goals in 142 appearances when fit.
He managed to stay largely injury-free last season, but was rarely selected by Toon boss Steve Bruce.
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