By Aramide Oladipo
Everton are interested in signing West Ham United centre-forward Andy Carroll during the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Everton boss Ronald Koeman has placed the 28-year-old at the top of his transfer list and he is willing to spend £20million in order to acquire his services.
The Dutchman reportedly believes that the striker can replace Romelu Lukaku’s goals at Goodison Park.
The newspaper reports that the Hammers would be open to selling Carroll when the transfer window reopens at the start of the new year if they receive the right offer.
The report claims that the former Newcastle man is currently earning a weekly wages of £110,000 at the London Stadium.
The Toffees have struggled to find the back of the net in the Premier League this season, only notching up four goals in seven matches – only Swansea City and Crystal Palace have a worse goalscoring record.
Carroll has only managed to score 30 goals in his three spell with the East London club but he has spent the majority of his West Ham career on the sidelines due to injuries.
The England international currently has 18 months remaining on his contract with West Ham.
Football Insider verdict
Although they have struggled to keep clean sheets during the early stages of the season, Everton have also lacked an attacking threat and summer signings Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney have failed to deliver so far. It’s clear that the Toffees have not replaced Lukaku’s goals but splashing £20million on Carroll would still be a massive gamble for Koeman given his recent injury record. The Geordie has still failed to find the back of the net for the Hammers this season and his lack of pace might also hinder Everton should he complete a move to Merseyside in January. Koeman needs to focus his attention on adding some pace to the attacking line in order to create more chances in front of goal.
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