Report details West Ham stance on Newcastle pursuit of 28-year-old
By Danny Wright
West Ham will not consider letting Andy Carroll leave the London Stadium on a temporary basis this summer but they will allow him to exit on a permanent deal, according to a report.
Football.London claims that the Carroll, 28, is facing an uncertain time with the Hammers at the moment and that Slaven Bilic would consider a sale of the striker in light of interest from Newcastle.
The Sun has reported that the Magpies are looking to re-sign the target man, but West Ham will only let that happen if they can flog him for good.
Carroll became the most expensive British footballer when he left Tyneside to sign for Liverpool in a deal worth £35million six years ago.
After proving a flop on Merseyside, West Ham signed the England international up for £15million in 2013.
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However it has been a rough few years for Carroll, who has been in and out of the West Ham squad with injuries and Javier Hernandez’s brace on Saturday suggests that he is some way off returning to Bilic’s first-team plans in the near future.
Football Insider Verdict
Newcastle already have three strikers on their books and two of them are known for being susceptible to injury. They simply do not need Andy Carroll unless they get rid of Aleksandar Mitrovic, and if that was the case Rafa Benitez would have three sick notes as his only option to lead the attack with Dwight Gayle and Joselu suffering injury problems in recent seasons. Carroll is an absolute no-go for Benitez. Even if the Spanish manager is desperate to sign players, he shouldn’t be drawn into splashing cash without any thought. Carroll is a Newcastle lad and did well there previously, but that was a long time ago and he, and the Premier League, has changed a lot since. West Ham will only let him go for a permanent deal so this will no be a cheap deal.