West Ham will now allow only one attacker to leave the club this month after Andy Carroll was ruled out of action for three months due to injury, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim on their website that the 29-year-old powerhouse forward has suffered a fracture in his foot and that he has undergone surgery to get the issue mended, which is set to keep him from playing until April at the earliest.
The injury will be a hammer blow to both player and club, after he struggled for game time during the first half of the season due to a variety of other layoffs, with just 14 appearances and two goals to his name this campaign.
The injury is also said to have made West Ham make drastic changes to their transfer tactics this month, with Diafra Sakho now said to be the only striker allowed to leave the club, despite the likes of summer signing Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew, who the Hammers reportedly turned down a bid for from Swansea City, being linked with moves away.
Carroll himself was also said to be a possible departure from the London Stadium this month, with Chelsea having shown an interest in his services and the Hammers open to a sale in the region of £20million.
In other West Ham transfer news, manager David Moyes embarked on a personal transfer mission for one of the club’s top targets.