West Ham United manager David Moyes has stated he does not want to sell striker Andy Carroll during the January transfer window.
The England international has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, but the Hammers boss says he knows nothing of the potential deal and his intention is to reinforce his squad rather than lose anyone from it.
West Ham chief Moyes admitted that he has had no personal contact with the Premier League champions over the 29-year-old, with two weeks of the window still remaining.
“They have not made contact with me, so if they have made contact with someone else I don’t know about it,” the Scot said after the Hammers’ FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town, as reported by Sky Sports.
“At the moment Andy Carroll is one of my squad, I want to add to the squad, not lose players.”
The West Ham hitman was left out of the squad that faced off against the Shrews on Tuesday, although Moyes confirmed that this was due to a slight ankle problem.
Chelsea’s interest in a player who has netted just twice this term has come as something of a surprise, particularly when you also consider the injury issues that have dogged his time with the Hammers.
Blues manager Antonio Conte is believed to be in the market for a backup to Alvaro Morata, who has hit a dip in form after a strong start to his career at Stamford Bridge.
Carroll is now arguably not an integral member of the West Ham starting XI at the London Stadium and as such his potential departure would not cause huge disruption to Moyes’ plans going forward.
The Irons sneaked past Shrewsbury 1-0 after extra time on Tuesday night, with Reece Burke scoring the crucial goal to set up a fourth-round tie with either Wigan Athletic or Bournemouth.