West Ham star responds to China speculation
By Matt Farr
West Ham striker Andy Carroll has dismissed reports linking him with a move to the Chinese Super League.
A number of high-profile Premier League names have made the switch to China in big-money deals, most recently Chelsea’s Oscar, but Carroll insists he will not be following suit.
The England international revealed to the Sun that he was content with life at West Ham, where he remains a key figure for Slaven Bilic.
In November, the Express reported that both Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou R&F were looking to land Carroll with £300,000 per week deals, making him one of the best-paid players in the world.
However, despite hints of what no doubt would have been an attractive pay-packet, Carroll admits he does not know where the reports came from.
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“No, no, I don’t know where that came from,” he told the Sun.
“I’m happy, I’m settled. Obviously, in the past I’ve done a lot of things but I’ve settled down here.
“It’s great, I love the club. I think the staff, fans, players, and the area I live, everything’s perfect.”
The 27-year-old has made seven Premier League appearances since his return from a knee injury, having missed three months, but has found the back of the net just twice.
Yet while he is not scoring regularly for the Hammers, the striker has been an important figure in a remarkable upturn of form that has seen West Ham rise from 17th to 12th in December.
Bilic’s men were under heavy pressure at the start of December, with a 5-1 defeat to Arsenal leaving them precariously above the relegation zone.
However, West Ham went unbeaten in four games before Saturday’s defeat to Leicester, and they will be keen to return to winning ways when they face Manchester United at home on Monday.
Football Insider verdict:
With the finances at their disposal, the Chinese Super League can attract any player in the world. The likes of Oscar and Carlos Tevez have most recently made the switch, but the influx of high-profile names certainly won’t stop there. However, of all the people linked with a move, why Andy Carroll? The reports are clearly nothing serious, and Carroll himself appears happy to remain at the Olympic Stadium; but £300,000 per week for an injury-prone striker? Seriously? When fit, Carroll does – and has had – a big impact. But he’s never really been a prolific goalscorer. He struggled under the hype and weight of a £35 million move to Liverpool in 2011, and a big-money move to China presents a similar risk. But staying at West Ham is the right move, as the Hammers are so reliant upon the striker. He fits in well, and he’s a fan favourite. Why change that.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers have been handed a major boost ahead of their meeting with United.