This West Ham transfer decision one of the most bizarre in recent times - report
By Harry Sykes
West Ham’s decision to listen to offers for Andy Carroll from China was one of the most “bizarre” in recent times, according to a report.
Sports site Bleacher Report claim the east London club gave permission for talks to take place between Carroll’s representatives and three teams from the cash-rich Chinese league.
It is said the trio in mention – Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune and Shandong Luneng – might have failed to secure a deal before the window in their country shut last week but West Ham’s willingness to sell has raised question marks over Carroll’s future.
This comes 24 hours after the Mirror reported Chinese trio are all prepared to reignite moves for the 28-year-old in the summer.
Bleacher Report state that West Ham’s seeming desire to lose Carroll does not make sense as his style of play makes him a formidable opponent and has been one of the team’s main assets when he is fit and firing.
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Carroll has two years remaining on his 100,000-a-week contract but club chiefs have made no attempt to hide their frustration at his injury record.
Vice-chairman Karren Brady summed up the feelings in the boardroom last week when she had a thinly veiled dig at the fitness of the big front man and compared him unfavourably to Michail Antonio, who had been a virtual ever-present this season until suspension ruled him out of Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
“Antonio replaced Andy Carroll as leader of the line and it is a prayer of mine that Carroll should stop straining his groin or anything else and acquire some of his team-mate’s seeming immunity to injury,” said Brady in her Sun column.
Football Insider verdict:
Bizarre? Utterly sensible, actually. Carroll’s aerial prowess and solid technique make managers swoon but West Ham chiefs should bite the hands off any club daft enough to pay £30million for a one-dimensional striker who can’t stay fit for more than a month. He has not played for England for four years for good reason. The reality is he does not have the professionalism and lifestyle to go with his impressive football attributes. If he did, he would not suffer an endless stream of niggling injuries that have prevented him from ever realising his considerable potential. West Ham are best off cashing in and investing in the next big thing who does not only know where the goal is but can avoid spending two-thirds of every season on the treatment table. Carroll’s days are numbered and rightly so.
In other West Ham transfer news, Brady has revealed she “loves” this Tottenham player for not covering his body in tattoos.