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Andy Carroll’s January uncertainty as surprising Reading salary explained

The former Newcastle striker notched his first goal since January in Reading’s win at Swansea City last weekend – and it has now been revealed just how much his deal with the Royals is worth

Danny Dyer interviews Andy Carroll after win over Stoke

He’s been a Premier League regular for years and played for England at a major tournament.

But despite his high-profile background, Andy Carroll is one of the lowest earners in the Championship.

The 32-year-old raised a few eyebrows when he dropped down to the second tier earlier this month.

Having left Newcastle United for a second time in the summer, Carroll penned a short-term deal with Reading.

The Royals are making a habit of signing recognised Premier League players, having already added Scott Dann and Danny Drinkwater to their roster.

Now, the Athletic claim that Carroll is on a basic weekly wage of only £1,000 a week at the Championship club.

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Andy Carroll has signed a short-term deal with Reading

That’s down to Reading’s breach of financial rules had resulted in a transfer embargo that put strict limits on squad salary expenditure.

Those breaches resulted in a six-point deduction being handed down to Veljko Paunovic’s side.

As such, that relatively modest wage handed to Carroll “was the budget granted to Reading by the EFL under the restrictions it has imposed and Carroll accepted the offer to get his career back on track.”

In January that could all be set to change, if Reading are forced into selling one or two of their key men.

They could then potentially have the leeway to offer improved terms to Carroll, with the former England man, who has nine caps to his name, having only signed on until mid-January.

Already he is making an impression and Saturday saw him score his first goal in a 3-2 win over Swansea City, a result that means Reading are four points above the relegation zone.

Carroll’s goal against Swansea was his first since scoring for Newcastle in January

Speaking about the recent move and points deduction, Carroll told the BBC : “Having been away from football for a long time, it’s been great to be involved in the past three games.

“To get a start and to score after a while is a terrific feeling.

“It’s been a tough week for the club with everything off the field and injuries as well.

“But I saw the character in the team, not having a lot of the ball and having to grind out the win. It’s a lot harder to do when you have to chase the ball. But the lads were determined after going behind early and also conceding at the start of the second half.

“I’m really pleased to have got that start and the goal after the faith the gaffer’s shown in me, bringing me here to begin with and involving me.”

Saturday’s goal was his first since January and recent seasons have seen him endure rotten luck with injuries.

The last three full campaigns have seen him score just two goals but he will be hoping he can get back firing for the Royals between now and the New Year.

The downside for the Berkshire outfit, if that happens, is that rival clubs are already keeping tabs on Carroll’s situation safe in the knowledge that they can offer more substantial wages to Carroll.

His deal is very much a double-edged sword to the Royals, who are hoping to help him rediscover something like the form that once made Liverpool pay £35million for his services – but know that to do so could well enhance the likelihood of his departure in the upcoming transfer window..

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