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Chelsea Open Talks To Sign Andy Carroll, And Nobody’s Quite Sure Why

The career of Andy Carroll could be heading for another upswing this month as Chelsea have contacted West Ham with a view to signing the striker.

The defending Premier League champions are looking for extra firepower in the January transfer window, especially if they find a suitable buyer/loaner for out-of-favour Michy Batshuayi.

Reports over the weekend had suggested that Antonio Cnote has turned to the former Liverpool forward as the man he wants as understudy to Alvaro Morata, and Sky Sports reported on Tuesday afternoon that the Blues have contacted their West London neighbours with a view to bringing Carroll to Stamford Bridge.

However, to say that people are slightly baffled by this development is an understatement. Carroll has had an injury-blighted time at West Ham since making a £15m move from Anfield, after an initial season-long loan deal in 2013. In all he has scored 32 goals at his time at the club, but a record of 81 starts (with an average of just less than 15 per season) should discourage a move for the former England international.

Chelsea had been hoping for a loan deal, but West Ham are adamant that they will not sell unless their asking price (reportedly set by co-owner David Sullivan at £35m because that just seems to be the figure everyone associates with Carroll) is met.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.