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.
Currently trying to get my head around the mere concept of Andy Carroll being summoned from the Chelsea bench as they look for that all-important away goal at the Nou Camp.
— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) January 15, 2018
Dear Chelsea fans. We tried to sign Sanchez. Honestly we did. So here’s Andy Carroll.
— West Upper Plastic (@EastUpper3) January 15, 2018
There’s no way you can justify Andy Carroll to Chelsea.. even the most positive Chelsea fans wouldn’t like him here. The champions of England shouldn’t be targeting players like that.
— َ (@HazardEdition) January 14, 2018
The Champions of England are going after Andy Carroll. I have no words.
— Conteholic (@Conteholic) January 8, 2018
Imagine if you were in such a position that getting Henrikh Mkhitaryan made a deal irresistable.
I’ll shut up now because Chelsea are trying to sign Andy Carroll. #CFC
— The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) January 16, 2018
City and Utd battling for Sanchez
Liverpool break the bank for VVD and Keita
Arsenal signing Aubameyang AND Malcom
Chelsea… monitoring Andy Carroll
— Callum (@CallumVurley) January 14, 2018
So Chelsea want to swap Batshuayi for Carroll, I can’t wait till we swap Fabregas for Cattermole and then Conte for Steve Bruce. ?
— BarkleySZN (@BarkleyBalance) January 16, 2018
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.