West Ham transfer sensation: Striker talks underway after permission granted by board - report
By Harry Sykes
West Ham have made the sensational decision to sell star striker Andy Carroll, according to a report.
The Sun claim the club’s board authorised the sale of the England international, 28, at a board meeting earlier this month and negotiations have begun with potential clubs.
It is said that three clubs from the mega-rich Chinese Super League were granted permission by the Hammers to hold talks with Carroll.
Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune and Shandong Luneng Taishan have all discussed prising the injury-prone forward from the London Stadium before the transfer deadline on Tuesday of next week.
The Sun report that West Ham are keen to sell Carroll by next week but report that a deal is now unlikely to happen as they have ran out of time.
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Carroll has been plagued by injury since joining from Liverpool in 2013 and has started only nine of the club’s 26 Premier League matches this season, albeit with an impressive return of six goals.
West Ham’s apparent willingness to offload one of their prize assets is a huge decision even though the team’s fine form since the turn of the year means they are safe from relegation.
Slaven Bilic’s side drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Watford on Saturday evening to lift their points haul to 33 and give them further breathing space from the struggling clubs.
West Ham are ninth in the table and, although they are seven adrift of West Brom in eighth, have high hopes of a top-ten finish.
In other West Ham transfer news, it has been revealed how the club have clinched an attacker deal after talks with the player’s mother.