Arguably one of the most potentially bizarre transfers could be on the horizon, as reigning Premier League champions Chelsea have contacted West Ham United regarding the availability of striker Andy Carroll, according to Sky Sports.
The report suggests that the Blues are keen to land the 29-year-old Hammers centre forward this month, and see him as back up to summer signing Alvaro Morata after Michy Batshuayi’s struggles to seemingly win over boss Antonio Conte, despite netting the title-winning goal in the Italian’s first season at the club.
— West Ham Blog (@WestHUblog) January 16, 2018
It was initially thought that Chelsea were keen to take the Hammers man on loan until the end of the season, however, West Ham have strictly rebuffed those plans on the basis of only a permanent option being available unless their Belgian attacker comes the other way.
Despite no fee being agreed as of yet, reports have suggested that a figure between £20 million and £30 million could be tabled in order to convince David Moyes’ men to part with Carroll.
Since making his £15m switch to West Ham from Liverpool in 2013, the Gateshead-born attacker has made just 59 Premier League starts; less than two seasons’ worth, with seven of those coming in this campaign after recovering from a groin injury back in September.
In fact, the Englishman’s spell on the sidelines was his 10th in his four years with the east London club, missing 114 games during that time frame.
However, despite his struggles to maintain his West Ham availability, Carroll has still found the back of the net 25 times in the top-flight since making his move a permanent one, with two of those coming this year in his side’s crucial 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion earlier this month.
So, considering the impact the 29-year-old has had when fit while within the Irons’ ranks, it comes as little surprise to see some of the London Stadium faithful urging their side to keep hold of the towering frontman, although the Hammers majority cannot see past his injury history.
Following the news breaking, West Ham fans took to Twitter to have their say on the proposed deal.
Here are some of the best tweets:
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I’d rather have Carroll than Batshuayi. Batshuayi has flopped for Chelsea and Carroll at least is always a threat when he plays!
— West Ham News/Views (@WHUFC_News_6) January 16, 2018
Would take a Carroll / Batshuayi swap, still can’t see Chelsea going for it though. Fellaini to come in as a replacement for the Carroll hit it long plan B? #whufc
— Josh (@josh_whu) January 16, 2018
Imagine if Chelsea actually buy Carroll ????
— . (@_JamesWHU) January 16, 2018
Carroll would do well at Chelsea if he stayed fit…..which has been the problem for 90% of his career. No point keeping a player who is consistently injured so you know the answer #whufc
— R. Jones (@RockyWhu) January 15, 2018
They can afford it. I keep on hearing Carroll going to Chelsea, would love him to go
— Louie Wansell WHU (@LouieWansell82) January 14, 2018
I’d take £20m, plus a player from them, I like Carroll,but his fitness is worrying..
— happy hammer #fBPE (@brooking1980) January 16, 2018
I love carroll
Honestly I can't imagine he will leave
But i feel that will be better for us cause
we will change our play
— عبدالله بن ماجد (@a_aldosri9) January 16, 2018
Serious question. If the opportunity to sell Andy Carroll came up
— Louie Wansell WHU (@LouieWansell82) January 15, 2018
Selling Carroll would be like throwing away you rescue club and putting another putter in your bag! #needplanbsometimes
— WHU00BMU (@Whu00BMU) January 16, 2018