ANDY Carroll is facing the biggest decision of his career, according to Alan Pardew.
Newcastle United are looking to re-sign the striker this summer - a year and a half after selling him to Liverpool for £35million.
The club are looking to sign him on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.
But Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers yesterday ridiculed the idea Liverpool would farm Carroll out - only a few days after suggesting he was open to the idea of a loan deal.
However, Carroll’s Anfield career appears to be nearing its end.
“It’s a delicate situation,” Pardew told SportMail. “It’s a transfer that I’m not particularly involved in, and it’ll stay like that.
“I think that it’ll still be a board level thing between Liverpool and whichever club takes Andy.
“I think that the writing is on the wall that Andy will go out of there in the summer. We’re just keeping a close eye on it.”
Former United striker Alan Shearer this week said returning to St James’s Park would be a “great move” for Carroll, who he feels should sign for a club competing at the top end of the Premier League.
Newly-promoted West Ham United are also interested in signing the England international.
However, Pardew believes the decision Carroll will most likely have to make over the coming weeks will prove pivotal in his career given what has happened at Liverpool.
“I thought that Alan Shearer’s comments were correct,” added Pardew.
“There aren’t many clubs that Andy Carroll can go to. He needs to be a success this time.”