Newcastle have confirmed they are looking at bringing their former star Stephen Carr back to the club.
Magpies new interim manager Joe Kinnear has revealed that they are considering making the former Republic of Ireland international an offer to resurrect his St James' Park career.
Former boss Kevin Keegan released Carr at the end of last season after four years at the club.
"We are looking at his position, but a lot will depend on his fitness," Kinnear confirmed.
"We are short at both right and left-back, and it is not fair asking young boys who are really central defenders to play there.
"When that happens they look what they are - central defenders playing as full- backs.
"Stephen Carr is available and he is an experienced full- back, so we will just have to wait and see."
Championship Coventry, as well as German giants Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, had been linked with Carr in recent weeks.