Former Newcastle United, Liverpool and West Ham star aiming for new deal after shock move

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A former Newcastle United star has revealed he is loving life in France after making a shock move across the Channel.

Former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has revealed he is aiming to remain with French club Amiens after settling into life in France over the last six months.

After joining the Ligue 2 club following his departure from Reading in September, Carroll made his debut as a substitute in a 4-1 home win against Guingamp and a first goal for his new club arrived in his sixth appearance as he netted in a 4-1 home loss against Angers. The former England striker has gone on to score three goals in 23 appearances in all competitions as his side sit in mid-table in French football's second tier.

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As it stands, the 35-year-old, who remains Newcastle's record sale following his £35m move to Liverpool in 2011, still has 18 months remaining on the deal he penned earlier this season. However, Carroll stressed he is already keen to extend his time with Amiens after revealing his former club have played a part in helping him settle into life on the other side of the English channel.

Speaking to L'Equipe, the former Magpies striker said of life in France: “There are some good pubs that I enjoy watching football in. I’ve watched Champions League matches there, especially when Newcastle were playing. There’s nothing here I don’t like.

"I’ve just had breakfast with my wife. She asked me the same question: ‘After the contract, what’s your plan?’ And my plan is to continue playing. Obviously, I’d like to have another year at Amiens. If not, I’ll look for an opportunity to play elsewhere. For the moment, I’m not looking to retire. I love playing football.”

Carroll will hope to add to his tally when his side return to action with a home game against Bordeaux on Monday night.

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