The West Ham United fans here in the Transfer Tavern were signing Andy Carroll’s name on Tuesday night when he netted a brace against West Bromwich Albion to fire his club out of the relegation zone.
It was the big man’s first and second goals of the season and they brought about three potentially vital points in West Ham’s relegation battle. David Moyes opted for Carroll ahead of Javier Hernandez as he continues to omit the Mexico international from his starting line-up.
West Ham could well be looking for a new striker this month as Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew are rumoured to be heading for the exit door. This would open up some funds for a striker to come in and compete with Hernandez and Carroll for a starting spot.
West Ham should be directing their attention towards Moussa Dembele, who is attracting plenty of interest in the Premier League. Brighton are hotly pursuing the 21-year-old but a move to West Ham – given their club status – would surely be more preferable.
The chance to work with experienced top level strikers like Carroll and Hernandez could also appeal to the Celtic star, who is considered to be one of the hottest prospects in Europe. His game has developed immensely since he joined the Bhoys from Fulham but the next logical step in his career is to join a team in one of the top European divisions.
West Ham can offer him possible game time in the Premier League and in turn he can offer raw talent, goals and a high sell-on value. With his price looking around the £20m mark, a move for the France youth international should be a no-brainer for Moyes.