Newcastle are reportedly preparing to launch an improved £18million bid to bring Liverpool striker Andy Carroll back to Tyneside.
The £35m striker's future at Anfield is in doubt following the recent appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager, and Newcastle have already failed with a loan bid for their former target man.
West Ham are keen on signing the 23-year-old on loan with a view to a permanent deal, but Rodgers last week insisted there is "no way" the club's record signing would be allowed to leave on a temporary basis.
However, Rodgers last week left the door open to a permanent switch, and according to Goal.com, Newcastle are willing to bid up to £18m to take Carroll back to St James' Park for a second spell.
And according to Monday's report, Newcastle's interest is not based on whether Demba Ba leaves the club.
Ba has a £7m buy-out clause in his contract, but clubs looking to sign him on the cheap have until Tuesday night to complete a deal, as the clause expires on August 1st.
Several Premier League clubs including Liverpool have shown interest in Ba, while Turkish clubs Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are keen.
West Ham are believed to have offered Liverpool £16m for Carroll, but their proposal included an initial £2m fee for a season-long loan deal.
The Merseysiders are believed to be holding out for £20m for the England international, who it is known would prefer a return to Newcastle if he is sold rather than a move to London.
Despite refusing to rule out the sale of Carroll, Rodgers at the weekend hit out at suggestions that he is trying to force him out of the club.
"I'm certainly not wishing to push him out of the door," Rodgers told reporters.
"Have there been any bids? Not that I am aware of.
"Obviously I'll know more when we get back [to England]. There has been a lot written about Andy, but you saw today he's happy to be here and he's worked very well since he's been here.
"The reality is he's still a Liverpool player. He can fit into how I want to play, and he is happy here."