West Ham took Andy Carroll on loan for the season from Liverpool, and part of the loan deal was that they would pay Andy’s wages for the year, which are around £4M if reports are to be believed, but whether they will pay out the £17M that Liverpool want for Andy at the end of the season to make the move permanent is debatable.
Andy Carroll – in action on Sunday at St. James’ Park
Andy Carroll has made 7 appearances overall this season for the Hammers, and six of those have been starts, and he is still to score at West Ham, and even when he was straight through on Tim Krul after around 74 minutes on Sunday afternoon, he couldn’t score, as Tim Krul made a great save.
Strikers are supposed to score goals, although Andy makes a lot of chances with his aerial prowess.
At the moment it’s hardly surprising that the hierarchy at West Ham are unsure whether Andy would be a good buy at the end of the season for £17M, and an insider at West Ham had this to say about Andy:
“We have gone the extra mile this season but Andy has yet to score a goal for us in seven games. It’s a very big deal as the figures and things need to be thought through very carefully.”
“Nobody is saying the deal won’t happen but it’s certainly not a certainty. Everything has to be 100 percent right and for that sort of money we’d probably be looking at a 25 goal a season striker.”
Newcastle will not pay out £17M to get their local striker back – but if the price goes down and gets nearer £10M for example, then Newcastle would be in with chance, and if Newcastle could do a deal with Liverpool to get Andy back – Carroll would just love to return to Tyneside.
If the news is to be believed Newcastle bid around £13M for Andy in the summer, and that included a season long loan deal, but of course Liverpool will be a little wary of doing any deal with Newcastle for Carroll, after they paid out a ridiculous £35M in cool cash for him almost two years ago.
But if Andy doesn’t start banging those goals in for West Ham this season, it could be an interesting situation in the summer, and there’s no doubt that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew would just love to have him back at Newcastle.
Things could get interesting as the season goes on.
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