NEW Reading hero Andy Carroll is reportedly earning 75 times LESS than he was pocketing at Newcastle.
The former England striker scored on his debut at the weekend to help his new side to an exciting 3-2 win away at Swansea.
And according to The Athletic, Carroll is earning just £1,000-a-week at the Madejski Stadium. At Newcastle he was believed to be on £75,000.
Reading are currently under a transfer embargo after being found to have breached financial rules, with Carroll earning the maximum permitted wage.
The 32-year-old had been a free agent since his second stint with boyhood club Newcastle ended in the summer.
He was keen to get back into the game and has been given a chance in the Championship by the Royals, who have snapped him up on a deal until mid-January.
Reading chief Veljko Paunovic said: “This is a deal which we have been working on for some time and are confident it is the right move for both player and club.
“Andy is looking for a new challenge in his career and we need a player with his quality and vast experience.
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“So this is a great match and I’m really looking forward to working with Andy over the next couple of months.”
On Saturday Carroll put the Royals 2-1 up on the half-an-hour mark against Swansea after the second-tier strugglers had gone a goal down just three minutes into the game.
Carroll expertly took down a Danny Drinkwater long ball over the top into his stride before holding off the challenge of on loan Liverpool defender Rhys Williams.
The 6ft3in striker, also formerly of Liverpool, then cut inside onto his left foot and fired a low effort past Ben Hamer in the Swansea goal.
He proceeded to celebrate by grabbing the corner flag out the ground and sitting down with his team-mates behind him, using the flagstick as a fake oar to imitate rowing.
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