West Ham transfer news: Chelsea talk over Carroll swoop, eye Batshuayi

By Russell Edge

16th Jan, 2018 | 4:58pm

Sky Sports: Talks held over West Ham star's permanent January exit as Moyes eyes title winner

Chelsea have held talks over West Ham over the permanent signing of star striker Andy Carroll with David Moyes keen on doing a deal including Michy Batshuayi, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster claim on their website that the Hammers are only willing to consider selling the 29-year-old forward this month and will not be welcoming offers which do not meet their valuation.
The report states that things may change if the Blues were to offer Belgian hitman Batshuayi as part of the deal, although it is said that Spanish side Sevilla are also in the hunt for the striker who struck five goals in 20 appearances to help Antonio Conte’s side win the Premier League title last season.
Carroll has managed to score just two goals in 14 appearances this season, and has a total of 32 goals in 128 outings since arriving for £15million from Liverpool.
Batshuayi meanwhile has 21 appearances under his belt during the current campaign, netting seven times.
Football Insider verdict
A swap deal which would see the permanent exit of Carroll and the likely temporary arrival of the Belgian might well work out this season, but what happens when he returns to Stamford Bridge? Is a permanent deal an option? Potentially, but the likelihood is Chelsea would be demanding both Carroll and cash for the 24-year-old, something the Hammers may not be willing to do. If Chelsea are serious about the powerhouse’s capture, then they will no doubt get what they want, but this screams of typical January rumours, and it would be a huge surprise to see the former Newcastle man at the Blues when the window ends.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club’s midfield star is being lined up for a swoop by a mid-table top flight side.

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