Last week MirrorFootball were reporting that West Ham are expecting to receive a number of mega-money bids from China for Andy Carroll this summer.
Carroll, who is valued at just £8.5m by Transfermarkt.com, was reportedly the subject of a number of bids in the region of £32m last month as Chinese Super League clubs scrambled for last minute deals before their transfer window closed.
With so few options up front available to Slaven Bilic this season, the club refused to part ways with Carroll midway through what has been a difficult campaign, but they are expecting the likes of Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune and Shandong Luneng to return for 28-year-old at the end of the season.
Carroll’s five seasons at West Ham have been riddled with long-term injuries and he made just 106 first team appearances during that time, scoring 29 goals.
On the whole, his impact for the club when fit is unquestionable and he never failed to impressed when on the pitch but while the club cannot rely on him to be fit 100% of the time, the option to sell for a considerable profit may be too good to turn down for the club.
Additionally, the striker’s performance in the side’s defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday did not exactly justify any reasons why the club shouldn’t consider parting ways with him before next season. He played like he was being weighted down with hiking gear.
Our good friends at FootballFanCast.com have shown just how poor he was against the Cherries on Saturday with the graphic below…
West Ham paid Liverpool a then club-record fee of £15m in 2013 to make Carroll’s loan spell permanent. The chance to double that and free up his £100k-a-week wages would prove to be one hell of a bit of business if completed.
Andy Carroll has always been a superb player for West Ham, despite his injury issues over the years, and it would be sad to see him leave. However, £32m really should not be sniffed at if similar bids do arrive in the summer.