By Will Butcher
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has lined-up a reunion with England target man Andy Carroll if a move for Liverpool’s Christian Benteke falls through.
Palace have already lodged a bid of £27million for the Belgium striker but the The Mirror claim that Anfield chiefs are determined to recoup the entire £32.5million they spent on him last summer.
The Express claim that if the Eagles are unable to process a deal for the 25-year-old, then they will turn their attention to West Ham targetman Carroll.
Former Liverpool striker Carroll played under Pardew during his Newcastle days before his record-breaking £35million to Anfield back in January 2011.
Carroll will be hoping to continue the form he produced at the end of last season, which included a memorable hat-trick against Arsenal in April.
Despite his form towards the end of 2015-16 campaign, Carroll missed out on a call-up to the England squad that flopped miserably at Euro 2016.
If a move to Selhurst Park doesn’t materialise, the Newcastle academy graduate is set to spearhead West Ham’s attack this season. Manager Slaven Bilic has failed to bring in a new centre-forward despite many attempts.
He has been rejected by the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Gonzalo Higuain and Alexandre Lacazette as he looks to reinforce his attacking arsenal, with doubts remaining over the futures Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.
In other West Ham transfer news, this Bournemouth striker has given this verdict after being the subject of a £25million bid from the Hammers.