Report: West Ham ready to green light powerhouse's transfer exit as Euro champions eye swoop
West Ham are willing to offload striker Andy Carroll on a permanent deal this January as Chelsea eye up a potential loan swoop, according to a report.
The London Evening Standard claim on their website that the reigning Premier League champions are set to fail in their attempts to capture the powerhouse forward on a temporary deal as the Hammers would only sanction a transfer move in order to garner funds to sign a replacement.
The 29-year-old has struggled for game time at the London Stadium this season, with injuries having sidelined him, and has managed just eight starts in 14 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals.
The Hammers are also said to be looking at the possibility of getting rid of Carroll’s striking counterparts Diafra Sakho and Javier Hernandez, meaning David Moyes could be set to overhaul his attack entirely before the end of the month.
Football Insider verdict
West Ham appear to have made Carroll an asset that they could well get rid of this month if needs be, but are not desperate to see him depart if the right deal comes along. He has shown his worth with a handful of appearances but injuries, as they have done throughout his career, are hampering any chance of nailing down a first team spot, and the funds which could be gathered would allow the Hammers to invest in some more firepower. Still, Chelsea are unlikely to want to pursue a permanent deal for the 29-year-old, but that is not to say other clubs will not come knocking on their door before the month is up.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are set to reignite a move for a £14million- rated top flight defender hunted by European giants.