By Matt Farr
West Ham rejected a sensational £32million bid for goalscorer Andy Carroll last month, according to a source close to the club.
A host of Chinese Super League clubs were reportedly looking to sign the West Ham senior man before the transfer deadline slammed shut on Tuesday.
The source said: “There was a bid from China of £32m for Andy Carroll, but it was knocked back.
“The board still believe he’s the best No.9 in the UK and vital to West Ham at both ends of the pitch.”
Hebei China Fortune, Tianjin Quanjian and Shandong Luneng were among the Chinese clubs believed to be interested in signing Carroll last month.
It had earlier been reported that the three clubs had been sounded out by West Ham over a potential deal for the English striker.
Carroll has scored six goals from 16 appearances for West Ham this season, in another campaign blighted by injury.
He has missed West Ham’s last two matches with a groin problem, but could return to action for the first-team against Chelsea on Monday.
Football Insider verdict
£32million is a lot of money, and one that could have tempted West Ham had the timing been better. If West Ham were to part with Carroll last month, they would have been left short of goalscoring options, with the English transfer window having closed a month previous. He is integral to their plans for the current season, and they would have been daft to let him go. However, should the offer have been made in the summer, West Ham likely would have considered it, as they would have had the time and the resources to identify a replacement without there being any impact on their current season or form. If all the reports are true, it’s also a clear sign that his days at the club are numbered.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have entered a three-rose race to sign this Ligue 1 stopper in the summer.