In The People yesterday West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, the former Newcastle boss, has said he has ruled out the possibility of signing Andy Carroll on loan for next season.
Andy Carroll – not going to West Ham on loan
It’s clear that West Ham were willing to pay big money for the former Newcastle striker, who is also still friends with former team-mate Kevin Nolan, the West Ham captain.
And Kevin said over the weekend that if it was possible, he’d love to see Andy at West Ham for the coming season, because Andy is such a quality player.
But Allardyce has said that a loan deal at West Ham is no longer possible, even though big Sam thinks getting Andy to the Hammers would have greatly helped the London club stay in the Premier League next season.
West Ham bid £2M to take Andy on loan for the season, and then £17M as an option to sign the 23 year-old permanently next May, but big Sam is saying there is now no hope of him coming to West Ham.
This is what Allardyce told The People.
“I would probably have stuck my neck out and said we would almost certainly stay up with him on board.” “We wouldn’t have thought we would have had any chance of signing a player of Andy Carroll’s capabilities.”
“But it became clear a couple of weeks ago there was a possibility of a loan. Unfortunately at this moment, it’s not the case.”
So what has happened that has caused big Sam to say this?
We have to think that Andy has told the east London club that he just doesn’t want to go to West Ham, and it seems the Hammers have accepted that.
So the next question is have Newcastle moved a step closer to resigning their former striker?
We don’t know, but it does seem like the ball in now in Newcastle’s court, if they can reach agreement with Liverpool on a fee for their former local striker.
But since Newcastle have been unable to reach agreement with other clubs for any of our targets so far this summer, it could still be difficult to bring Andy back to Tyneside.
But this statement by Sam does seem to point towards the real possibility that Andy will only join Newcastle United, if he is to leave Liverpool, and that’s a huge advantage for the Tyneside club.
What do you think?