According to a recent report from The Sun, Andy Carroll could be set for a move away from West Ham this month. The England international has been at the East London club since making the loan move from Liverpool back in 2012, and while that move became permanent little under 12 months later, the striker has struggled with injuries to plunge his future at the Premier League outfit into doubt.
And reports suggest that Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are lining up a surprise £2 million move for the 30-year-old this month in a bid to solve their striking crisis, and with Carroll out of contract at West Ham at the end of the season, owners David Gold and David Sullivan would pull off something of a masterstroke by selling the 30-year-old this month.
Ultimately, while Carroll deserves credit for showing glimpses of brilliance during his time at West Ham, he has on the whole disappointed given the recurrent injuries problems he has suffered during his time at the London Stadium.
This term alone has seen the Englishman muster just eight Premier League appearances for the Hammers to add to another frustrating season for the 30-year-old, who has managed only 137 games for West Ham since his move back in 2012, equating to less than 20 appearances a season.
And with his contract up at the end of the season, it looks as though Carroll will be leaving the London Stadium come the summer anyway such has been his difficulties in shaking off injury, but were Manuel Pellegrini’s men to be able to get rid of him this month, and in doing so getting a fee for his services, it would be something of a masterstroke.
Ultimately, Spurs have seen their striking department depleted greatly in recent weeks following the injury to Harry Kane and the international call-up of Son Heung-min to the South Korea squad, with the duo the club’s top two goal-scorers this term to underline their importance to Pochettino’s side.
Fernando Llorente deputised for the pair in their 2-1 win at Fulham on Sunday but failed to convince, indeed netting an own goal in the first half, and with Vincent Janssen, who has scored just once in open play in the Premier League in the last two-and-a-half years, the only other senior striker at the club, it’s clear reinforcements are needed.
And for just £2 million, it might well be worth the risk luring Carroll to North London in a bid to plug that void, at the same time earning West Ham a small fee for a player they were likely losing for free come the summer anyway.
As such, while the Hammers are surely resigned to making a loss on Carroll this year, earning £2 million for the striker would at least represent some solace from what has ultimately been a very disappointing time for the 30-year-old at the club – in fact, earning anything would represent a masterstroke from messrs Gold and Sullivan such have been his injury troubles over the years.
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