Pardew: "If I had Kevin and Andy in his group I'd be really happy"

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has spoken of his admiration for two former Magpies stars who are set to line-up against his team this weekend.

Pardew's former number nine Andy Carroll, and former captain Kevin Nolan are expected to return to St James' Park on Sunday with their new club West Ham.

Nolan signed for the London outfit from Newcastle in June 2011, while Carroll joined on a season-long loan from Liverpool after leaving Tyneside for £35 million in January 2011.

Both have been in fine form for the newly-promoted Hammers this season, leading them to ninth in the Premier League table after ten games played.

Kevin Nolan (left) and Andy Carroll (right) playing for West Ham against Arsenal Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Speaking ahead of Sunday's match, Pardew said: "I'm a big fan of Andy's and he's brilliant as a centre-forward player.

"If I had Andy and Kevin in this group I'd be really happy, because they'd really enhance my squad. But the finances are such that it wasn't possible.

"But they could easily play for this side."

The pair will not be the only one's returning to the north east this weekend - West Ham boss Sam Allardyce spent eight months in charge of Newcastle from May 2007 until January 2008.