West Ham fans react on Twitter as Chinese clubs reportedly bid for 28-year-old
By Will Butcher
West Ham’s Twitter fans would allow Andy Carroll to leave east London and join a Chinese club, if they could use the money to bring in a top-class replacement.
Sky Sports have reported that offers from Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune and Shandong Luneng have been rejected by Slaven Bilic’s side, who want to keep hold of Carroll.
The transfer window for the Chinese leagues shuts on Tuesday, and it’s promoted a flurry of last-minute action.
Carroll, 28, has been in top form for the Hammers this season despite spending large periods of the 2016-17 campaign on the sidelines through injury.
Four goals in his last four games including the January goal of the month against Crystal Palace has prompted talk of an England recall, after winning his last cap in October 2012.
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However, most West Ham fans would seemingly allow the sale of Carroll, although probably not until the summer, with many stating that his fitness is not good enough to be considered the Hammers’ first-choice striker.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
World class player and no player like him but no use to us when he's injured 30 games a season and costing us 100k+ pw.
— ⚒ (@kaz7289) February 27, 2017
love AC but we depend on him too much. Made of glass. Have to sell unfortunately. But finding a striker hardest job.
— Rob Robinson (@billrobinsonwhu) February 28, 2017
if sold for silly money and we buy a couple of class strikers then yes only because of his injury history
— WESTHAM1969 (@Hammerhead2073) February 27, 2017
We need not a 20 goal striker but a striker who can play 20 matches a season
— John Gregory (@JohnGregory25) February 27, 2017
i think if China knocks you answer.
— ⚒ D.C. Hammers ⚒ (@WDCHammers) February 27, 2017
He's great in the 10-15 games a year he's FULLY fit for.
Sadly the league is 38 games.
— ⚒ Pete Ellis ⚒ (@One_Bobby_Moore) February 27, 2017
million percent. Million pounds probably ????
— Chris Harris (@UnHappyHammer3) February 27, 2017
yep with out a doubt 130000 grand aweek for 15 games max a season just get rid
— westham3000 (@westham82) February 27, 2017
Carroll’s recent return to the side from a knee injury has coincided with the Hammers resurgent league form that now sees them sit in the top half of the Premier League table.
However, the former Liverpool and Newcastle striker has missed the Hammers’ last two games with a groin problem, which have finished in draws against West Brom and Watford.
In other West Ham transfer news, Bilic should look to sign this Tottenham defender in the summer.