Andy Carroll could make a sensational return to Newcastle after being frozen out at Anfield by new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
Carroll’s former club boss, who sold the 23-year-old to Liverpool in a £35 million deal 18 months ago, is willing to offer the unsettled England striker an escape route.
Pardew would be willing to consider a loan move, or even a cut-price deal to take the Geordie back to his beloved north east, according to the Daily Mail.
He said: "Andy did an absolutely terrific job here. I have always supported him, even while he has been at Liverpool, when a lot of others weren't. I think he got a bit of a raw deal, not by Liverpool, but from the media in general. He is going to be a great player. Where he treads the boards, we will have to wait and see.
"Towards the end of last year, we started to see the real Andy. He did not get a lot of opportunities in the championship but at the back end of last year, he did well with Liverpool and England."
But Newcastle are not the only club keeping tabs on Carroll.
West Ham co-owner David Gold confirmed his side’s willingness to sign the striker and there are widespread rumours of interest in Italy. Fulham are also prepared to offer Clint Dempsey plus cash for the England star.