- Chelsea interested in West Ham United striker Andy Carroll.
- Blues initially looking to sign Carroll on loan.
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There is a surprise name on Chelsea’s transfer wish-list this winter…
According to the Telegraph, the Premier League champions are interested in signing West Ham United centre-forward Andy Carroll.
Carroll’s story so far
Carroll is a Geordie born and raised, graduating from Newcastle United’s academy in 2006. The then 17-year-old became the youngest player ever to pull on a Newcastle shirt in a European fixture when he featured against Palermo in the UEFA Cup.
It was in 2009 that Carroll began to demonstrate his goal-scoring credentials, and in the winter of 2011 they earned him a move to Liverpool. Carroll’s time at Anfield didn’t exactly go to plan…
The Englishman struggled to prove he was the right man to replace Fernando Torres, who made a controversial switch to Chelsea during the same transfer window. After just one full season at Anfield, he was loaned to West Ham, a move which was eventually made permanent.
Carroll’s time as a Hammer has been tainted by injuries, but that does not appear to have negatively impacted his stock. The Telegraph claim that the reigning champions of England are interested in signing him – that’s quite a compliment.
Do we need him?
Alvaro Morata is struggling at the moment. This is the Spaniard’s first season in the Premier League and he’s being relied on to almost singlehandedly carry the goal-scoring burden. He could do with a little extra help up top, and Michy Batshuayi is unlikely to give it to him.
Carroll is a flat-track bully, a la Diego Costa, we could really do with do with one of those right now. The Telegraph’s report claims that Chelsea are initially looking to sign Carroll on loan, which would give us an opportunity to test his fitness before securing his services on a permanent basis. This could be a rare shrewd move from the club’s board…