News late last night that West Ham United are telling Andy Carroll it’s make up your mind time, and they want an answer from big Andy, because if Carroll doesn’t want to go to Upton Park, the Hammers need time to go after another striker, and there’s only just over four weeks left in the transfer window.
Andy Carroll – make up your mind time
Liverpool are trying to make a deal to get Carroll out on loan and then have the option of a permanent sale next season, and West Ham have easily outbid Newcastle for the 23 year-old Geordie striker, and had their bid of £2M for the loan deal, and £17M for the option of a permanent transfer next May, accepted by the Merseyside club.
But Carroll has said he only wants to leave Liverpool to go back to his home town club, Newcastle, but this move by West Ham puts Andy in an awkward position.
There’s no guarantee that Newcasle will raise their £13M bid to take Andy on loan, with an option to make the move permanent in May.
And Andy will have seen that Newcastle are stubborn and unwilling to budge in the Mathieu Debuchy deal, even though Mathieu is Newcastle’s number one target, and the Tyneside club are less than £1.5M away from Lille’s valuation of the player, who turned 27 earlier this week.
However, we’re sure the negotiations are not yet over on the Debuchy deal, and the stance taken by the Lille President could be the move that gets an agreement between Newcastle and Lille sorted out, or between Lille and another club.
The 23 year-old England international striker did not have a good first full season at Liverpool, but the side hardly played to Andy’s strengths, and there’s every reason to think that Brendan Rodgers will have Liverpool play with the ball on the ground, as he did when manager at Swansea.
On the positive side for Newcastle, they can offer Carroll Europa League football in the coming season, and the club seems on it’s way back to becoming a force in the Premier League again, and it seems that Andy is now keen to be a part of that.
But that’s not the problem – the problem is that Newcastle will hardly raise the fee they have already bid for the Gateshead lad, and if he turns down West Ham, that could leave him high and dry come September.
It’s a good move by West Ham on their part, to request an answer from the big lad, so they are not exposed in this transfer market, in their search to bring in another striker to Upton Park.