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Carroll the ideal cover for Cole?

Andy CarrollWest Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is set to make a £4 million move for Newcastle hitman Andy Carroll when the transfer window opens according to the News of the World. Carroll is highly rated by Newcastle manager Chris Hughton and the club’s fans but interest from the Premiership is likely to take the fancy of the 20 year old with Bolton and Birmingham also said to be interested in capturing the big man.

Carroll has scored 4 goals in the Championship over 15 appearances this season and has also been impressing for England Under 21’s and would provide West Ham with another big English striker to play the lone man role up front in the absence of injured duo Carlton Cole and Dean Ashton who could yet be forced to retire.

Carroll was first linked with the Hammers back in the summer but opted to stay with Newcastle. However, speculation has continued to pair club and player together and Carroll may well decide to return to playing at Premiership level.

Carroll is the sort of big, physical striker that Zola has shown a preference for so far and that paired with West Ham’s tendency to buy players off Newcastle in recent years could lead to the Gateshead born striker moving to London.

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