Andy Carroll plans to leave West Ham United with a free transfer at the end of the season – according to reports in the capital.
The former Newcastle United man, now 30, has been linked several times to a return to St James & Park since he was sold to Liverpool for £ 35 million in 2011.
Sources at West Ham suggest that a final decision on Carroll has yet to be made because the club has an option to extend its contract for another two years.
However, there have been suggestions that Carroll could make the switch to Major League Soccer.
The Geordie striker is also offered to Premier League clubs and Newcastle has a final chance to sign the striker, who currently earns £ 90,000 a week.
Carroll was asked about his future at the beginning of the year. He said, "Yes, I want to stay and I want a new deal, but I can't really think about that every day.
"I just have to play football if I get the chance.
"At the end of the season, I have a two-year option, so we'll see what happens."
But the Carroll season is now over after he went under the knife to resolve a long-lasting ankle injury.