By Russell Edge

28th Mar, 2018 | 3:09pm

West Ham must axe 29-y/o for red hot Newcastle star Moyes has reportedly watched in person

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West Ham striker Andy Carroll is a man who typifies the disappointment which comes from the Hammers faithful’s optimism.

The supporters at the London Stadium expect so much from their side, and for good reason, with a talented squad full of experience and guile, balanced out with youthful excitement and determination.

The Irons have a fervent fanbase urging them on, and there has been significant money pumped into trying to secure success in east London.

However, the fans’ faith in their side is more often than not dashed sooner rather than later, just as the hopes when Carroll makes a comeback from one of his many injury blows are dented by some further layoff.

This season has been no exception for the 29-year-old, managing just 14 appearances and scoring two goals, and his lack of playing time is without a doubt a reason the club are struggling to survive.

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While he has his good days, they are too few and far between, and it is time to axe the former Newcastle United and Liverpool man for good.

However, there is an ideal replacement tearing it up both in England and on the international stage, and Moyes will no doubt have been made aware of his red hot form.

The striker in question is Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, on loan at Fulham, and he looks a different class of player with the Cottagers.

The 23-year-old powerhouse has netted seven goals in his last six appearances for the Championship side, taking his fine domestic form into the international break – something Moyes knows all about.

It is claimed by allnigeriasoccer.com that the West Ham was at the Hive Stadium in London for the friendly between Nigeria and Serbia, and it was Mitrovic who stole the show netting both goals on the way to a 2-0 win for his country.

With similar attributes to Carroll, and six years younger, the Newcastle star is the Hammers’ ideal replacement, giving Moyes the target man he has so desperately lacked this season.

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