West Ham fans in the Tavern will be laughing and cheering after the Daily Mail reported that Andy Carroll is not for sale unless the club can recoup the bulk of the £18million they paid to acquire him from Liverpool.
Former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, who previously signed Carroll back in 2013, is interested in taking him to Sunderland. However, it was reported that the 26-year old would prefer a return to his former club and Sunderland’s rivals Newcastle.
The pair of North East outfits are among several Premier League clubs monitoring his situation at Upton Park with manager Slaven Bilic believed to have concerns about the 26-year-old’s lifestyle.
Having scored two goals in two games over the festive period, Bilic has challenged Carroll, who only has one other goal so far this season, to remain consistent as opposed to suffering from injury spells. After the weekend victory over Liverpool, Bilic told reporters:
“He is good and fit and it’s all about him now. Is he going to maintain and progress and look after himself, train hard and rest, or is he going to go the other way? He has a history in that and I’m not his dad, I can’t demand things from him.”
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