Date: 5th January 2018 at 7:00am
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Chelsea FC have included West Ham striker Andy Carroll on their January wish list, as they look for backup options for Spaniard Alvaro Morata, according to a report.

The Sun claim that Antonio Conte is surprisingly considering the English giant as cover, as the Club is one striker down due to Diego Costa’s move back to Spain being finalised.

Conte was ready to let the Belgian Michy Batshuayi leave on loan, and has utilised other forward players instead of an out and out striker in Morata’s abscence.

West Ham’s 6’3 striker is already frustrated about playing from the bench however, so would probably prefer a move in which he is guaranteed first-team football.

The Sun quote Carroll as saying “It’s been very frustrating. I’ve been sitting on the bench – it’s been tough. I’ve been wanting to play.

“When I have been I have probably been making an impact but it’s not really what I want to do, I don’t want to be an impact player coming off the bench.”

Southampton are also reported to hold an interest in the 28-year-old, who has scored 32 times for the Hammers, including a brace against West Brom on tuesday.

Football Insider verdict:

Andy Carroll is already frustrated with being a bit part player, so a move to a club in which his prime role would be a squad rotation player seems unlikely. However in saying that, the high level of football competition that Chelsea are currently involved in could be appealing to the former Liverpool man – and the chance at some silverware could tempt the 28-year-old if he is frustrated at West Ham.

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are on of four Premier League clubs eyeing an out of favour winger.

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