Newcastle United favourite’s career to take new transfer twist after controversial relegation to League One

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Andy Carroll was relegated to League One with Reading last year and had seemed set to stay with the Berkshire club.

The career of former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll is set to take yet another unexpected turn after the star was relegated to League One last season with Reading.

The giant striker had been spearheading the Royals' attack but an underwhelming season combined with a points deduction for financial woes saw the Berkshire club return to the third division for the first time since 1992.

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Carroll, who has also launched a property management venture in the North East this year, looked set to stay and play at Reading in League One this season with his contract not running out until next summer. The 34-year-old started the first two league fixtures for Ruben Selles' side but hasn't featured since those two losses.

Now, the Daily Mail reports that Carroll won't see out the season at the Select Car Leasing Stadium and will instead up sticks and move to play at Ligue 2 club Amiens in France. The side finished 12th in the country's second division last term.

The Gateshead-born former Magpie has travelled to France ahead of sealing the switch that will bring an end to his second spell at Reading, where he has scored 11 goals in 42 appearances.

Carroll made 134 appearances for Newcastle United over his career and scored 34 goals for the Magpies. The forward has also famously played for West Ham and Liverpool, as well as gaining nine international caps for England.

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Andy Carroll suffered relegation with Reading last season (Image: Getty Images)Andy Carroll suffered relegation with Reading last season (Image: Getty Images)
Andy Carroll suffered relegation with Reading last season (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images

As the goalscorer continues to hop around the lower leagues of the continent, it appears he is also preparing for ventures after playing football with his new property business. The Geordie has set up a company called 3 Property North East which looks to make property investments, management and broker sourcing in the star's homeland.

Carroll registered 3 Property North East on Companies House on January 27, 2023 alongside two other colleagues. The company has also launched an Instagram account to advertise its services, which features videos of Carroll explaining why the North East is a great place for property investment right now.

In a recent video, recorded after his childhood club booked a place in the Champions League next season, Carroll explained what was going on with his off-the-pitch venture.

He said: "Hi everyone, I'm sure you're well aware that our team Newcastle United has qualified for the Champions League after an unbelievable season. What you might not be aware of is that their achievement on the pitch is going to be amazing for the city of Newcastle, Gateshead and the surrounding areas of the North East.

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"There is a lot of redevelopment and regeneration happening in and around the city which is expected for capital appreciation and growth for the next 10 to 15 years. The property price and the cost of entry here in the North East are pretty low compared with the rest of the UK, so it's a perfect time for investment before the prices start to rise.

"With the success on the pitch and all the redevelopment happening around the city, there is a big demand for short-term and long-term lets on services accommodations.

"The average hotel price per night in Newcastle and Gateshead area is between £85 and £100 per person, we can offer a buy-to-let or services accommodation in and around the city centre which can achieve £110 per night at 60% occupancy rate throughout the year which could give you over £2,000 per calendar month gross rent from a £90,000 to £100,000 property."

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