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Carroll Signs For West Ham In Massive £46M Deal – As Expected

9:56 pm, Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 69 Comments

We saw there was rumors that Andy Carroll could still possibly sign for Newcastle, but there is just no way Mike Ashley would pay £15M for Andy Carroll.

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Andy Carroll – signs for West Ham

As soon as West Ham agreed a fee of £15M for the striker, Newcastle were out of the picture, unless Andy reneged on the deal – which he didn’t.

Andy’s very good in the box and a great header of the ball, but he doesn’t score many goals and seems to pick up quite a few injuries in a season, but West Ham have just signed him, and it seems an extremely expensive deal for West Ham – although the fans are probably happy enough.

West Ham were willing to give Liverpool £15M for the striker, and will pay the Gateshead lad £100K/week for six years – and that’s a package worth £46M over the six years of the contract, and that should test the Hammers’  financial position in a year or two.

We’ll not call the deal suicidal,  it’s a trophy signing, and  it reminds us a little bit of the deal Newcastle made to get Michael Owen to Tyneside in 2005, although maybe big Andy is not as injury prone as Michael was.

Andy signing the deal is no surprise, and it’s interesting that no other club came in for the former Newcastle striker.

But we wish Andy the very best at West Ham, and it would have been great if the Magpies could have signed him and brought him back home, and maybe we could have managed it, if the fee and the wages were cut in half.

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Tags: Andy Carroll · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


69 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sparky55 // Jun 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    they’ve been mugged

  • 2 clinath@ed // Jun 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Sorry for the repost, didn’t what it to get lost…

    Having shown the video and tapes to his co-managers of the type of players he wants, he should the ASK Graham Carr if HE has any detailed dossiers on players of that ilk. Otherwise we’re back to picking players from YouTube!

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    He’s not worth even half the fee or wages!
    No wonder weren’t intrested

  • 4 yo-yo // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    At least we won’t have any more drivel about re-signing AC.

  • 5 SuperShearer // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Like him as a player but glad we’ve ‘missed’ out on him. It would be a step backwards and his form since he left us has plummeted. Onto new targets.

  • 6 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    glad to see him gone why pay that much for a player while PEA is out there for less and a much needed player for the mighty Newcastle, c’mon JFK bring him in.

  • 7 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    JFK really needs to bring pace into our team, i hope he doesn’t bring in Bent because i for 1 as will many of us will hang him ( and not by his neck :) )

  • 8 sparky55 // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    ok ED…that’s over with now so let’s move on…what’s next

  • 9 p // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Maybe everyone should jack the toon in and start supporting the heed

    turn them in to a premier league powerhouse

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Can see it now!!

    “Are Newcastle lining up a January bid for local lad Andy Carroll?”

  • 11 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    this may sound daft but i think he should check out football manager for info on players and before you all start saying ( it’s just a game ) well jokes on you’s because other managers & scouts around the globe do exactly what iv’e just said.

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Somebody posted earlier on the the press would be waiting to bait JK into another rant. He previously upset the press in his original rant, the press have had their opportunity to turn the tables on JK over the last few days. I have absolutely no doubt they will be after him again -I think JK would “bite” every time -resulting in further poor PR. He needs to be in the background.

  • 13 sparky55 // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    still think Bent can do a job and if he costs say 50k a week on a two year deal and 4 million to bring in then surely that’s not a high risk strategy for a one of the premierships highest ever golascorers who can get us say a minimum of say12 goals a year.

    gotta be worth a shot no?

  • 14 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM


    na mate it will be

    ” Newcastle missed out on Andy Carroll now they have two other options on there list Darren Bent & Carlton Cole ” ;)

  • 15 croftus5678 // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    @13 sparky

    personally i agree but atm i’m still deflated by jk’s interviews and us pulling out of douglas deal !

    i think he needs to make some signings to try build confidence atm as its hard to believe a rambling old man atm.

  • 16 clinath@ed // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Never played football manager or any of those games, but I’m surprised they go into that much detail about the players…ie. what is their temperament like, do they mix well, what languages do they speak, do they mind travelling, blah blah… get the idea.
    Surely there is more to picking a good player than just watching a few videos or cgi reconstructs of them!

  • 17 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM


    50k a week for a 3rd rate striker comparison to Shola it’s not worth taking a risk, there’s young lads out there waiting for a chance to make a name for them self’s

  • 18 p // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    I have never seen Douglas play but some of the quotes attributed to him concerned me. Sounded like a bit of a mercenary

  • 19 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM


    football manager is based on real life characters like languages, favorite team\style, full name, strengths\weakness all the works it’s even got there actual biography & career stats through out there development.

  • 20 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM


    iv’e watched a few games with Douglas he seems alright but he’s like a volcano during games when it goes bad ( ready to erupt )

  • 21 croftus5678 // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM


    he is very outspoken and does not like losing (bit of a barton in a way) but he’s a very good player and of all things was cheap and would come to us !

    i do scare we will not attract players at his lvl or higher esp for a low fee (under 7mil)

    i prey kinnear can pull some better than we expected signings out of the bag or most on here and this prob includes me now will think we have gone a fair way backwards.

  • 22 p // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    @20 so does that mean you would not want to sign him

  • 23 sparky55 // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    black and white…there’s no young kids out there can pop into the newcastle team in the premiership and get you 12 goals a season…they’re one in a 1000…so what do we do in the meanwhile???

  • 24 clinath@ed // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    B&W…sound like I’ve missed out on some thing, bit old for all they now….but even though it would be a good place to start, I’d still rather gather the info myself (if I were GC, or any scout) meet the lad, and investigate his background personally, before reporting back to the board wit my results.

  • 25 Sazzer // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson will sign for Queens Park Rangers in a free transfer. (Source: Daily Mail)

  • 26 jimmysmith // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    What’s gone on here. What happened to getting together and reviewing the season and planning for the next.

    Ash has just gone out and hired Joe, that’s it, that’s how arbitrary and reactionary things have all of a sudden become. WTF is goin on at NUFC.

  • 27 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    if Douglas did come i think he would of been our 3rd CB as he seems on par with Taylor and even been 1st choice if Colo had left, we should of still got him then loan him to a team where he could get 1st team plays all the time.

  • 28 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:33 PM


    cry, worry take depressing pills, bite our nails off do i need to say more ;)

    i think maybe we should bring Campbell on a few more times he’s got the pace, but it’s up to AP & coaches to make him special

  • 29 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Evening lads,

    Well, im glad this has been put to rest RE Carroll.

    All the same, he has been a very lucky lad to find himself in the poition he has.

    There is no way this lad is worth 15.5 million.

    And 100 grand a week is rather desperate on West Ham’s behalf.

    He is a 12 goal a season striker in this league, with his injury record he will be lucky to achieve even that.

    If you take the black and white specs off, this lad is worth no where near the fee and wages that has been bandied about. More fool West Ham.

  • 30 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM


    lets bring in Carlos Fierro ;)

  • 31 sparky55 // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    black and white….would love to see more of campbell and we should have seen more of him last season but hey…that’s Pardew in a nutshell….why not stifle a young mans career when you can bring on shoal after 65 minutes every game

    Pardew out next with a bit of luck

  • 32 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM


    good point mate, i’m wondering though how will the WHU fans feel for there club paying out 100k a week on a player who is already out for 4 months hehehe

    and i thought we were the laughing stock

  • 33 Dondatta13 // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    This asks the question, is Carr next?

  • 34 sparky55 // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    B&W…if anyone’s capable of getting him the JFK’s the man!

  • 35 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM


    this just shows how much JFK doesn’t know about this time football, he probably thinks Nolan is still 25 years old and Shola just came out of development lol

  • 36 Sack Llambias // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Mr T
    Know I am totally confused !
    Maybe if that’s your intention
    then ok. But I am quite happy
    to discuss my post if you want.

  • 37 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM


    don’t know like mate JFK probably thinks Fierro is a car or a Mexican curry lol

  • 38 jimmysmith // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I think he’s worth the transfer fee, but those wages and that long contract are a potential major problem for the Hammers.

    Goes to show just how competitive the league is and high the stakes are and the desparate lengths clubs will go to.

    Although, I’d rather have Andy Carroll even on those terms than Joe as DoF.

    Sorry Joe, but you’ve been out of the game so long, I think it’s long since left you behind, pal.

  • 39 sparky55 // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    B&W…lol :-)

  • 40 p // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    just read that shite in the mirror about dave lambeezy resigning because JFK vetoed Douglas.

    I though JFK reported to Lambeezy, not the other way around?

    what utter tosh.

    I think he resigned because Mash made the decision to appoint JFK without letting him know and then when JFK essentially made the club a laughing stock on national radio + insulted Dekka by a) getting his name wrong and b) implying he was a much worse option than him

  • 41 Howay50 // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Championship player at best. Best thing Lamearse ever did was offload him

  • 42 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    it makes us think that did JFK even watch football on TV when he was out for so many years??????????????????

  • 43 darrylwe // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    On a lighter note my favourite NUFC images on twitter this week. The first only works if you say it out loud . The second explains why Big Al Is to busy doing this to help #nufc out .

  • 44 banjax // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Phew ! Thank god for stupid West Ham. I can think of better players than Carroll in a £46m package. God help the Hammers if they get relegated with that amount of albatross around their neck. Now how about trying for just a couple of top quality players like Lukaku and Ba and balance the books by losing less capable squad players. Get some in !!

  • 45 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM


    it’s called mirror for a reason mate, every thing seems to reflect the opposite in the papers, best bet is the Newcastle site or online

  • 46 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM


    i think Lukaku would be amazing if he came to us, since KFC sorry JFK knows all the managers he’ll be on the phone to Jose Murinho ;)

  • 47 p // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    well I think is says a lot for the current situation at this club when someone of Dekka’s ilk has too much pride and integrity to be associated with it (other than of course as a fan)

  • 48 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Black and White,

    The deal is completely ridiculous, the fanbase must be a little miffed. 46 Million to a club that has just been promoted? They could of did alot more with their money.

    How many gems could our scouting network find with 46 million with their wages included in that?

    It’s a serious gamble in my opinion.

    Wow, the mirror is reporting Llambias left because he was shot down by Kinnear over the Douglas deal.

    This is still really bizaare this situation.

    Is anyboady actually talking to each other up there at the moment..

  • 49 OhSholaAmeobi // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I’d advise everyone to not take any notice of the absolute crock of sh*** i’ve just read in the mirror saying that llambias quit because he couldn’t work under kinnear and was forced to pull the plug on Douglas.

    Douglas is incredibly poor and the article is just a blatant attempt to stir sh** up.

  • 50 SouthLincsToon // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    It makes more sense to me that Llambias told Ashley he was going to step down and resign a couple of week back, which then prompted Ashley to get a Director of Football in

  • 51 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM


    what a belta mate that will lift up the mood :)

  • 52 Graeme // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Errrr, Is this an NUFC blog or an Andy Carroll fan club site?

    He isn’t a NUFC player; he isn’t likely to become an NUFC player. He once was our player, but that’s history, NOT news.

    Hopefully ED, this is the last post on this NON nufc subject!!

  • 53 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM


    here here mate it just makes more sense that way

  • 54 OhSholaAmeobi // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Ed can you please do an article telling people not to take papers and media sources as truth because some of the things people will believe are astounding. We all appreciate a good rumour but we can’t allow damaging stories to get around the fans and become common belief.
    We won’t know anything until it’s done with the way NUFC works these days.

  • 55 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    here lads where’s Jeff today? he’ll be going bonkers with this AC situation.

  • 56 solano // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    I see the easy refuge for the most recent radical converts is to backtrack when the wind changes, into hoping for the best and actually trying to rationalise and explain to themselves in a very public way, why JFK’s resurrection might be a good thing and even contemplate it as part of a plan!
    As I’m a proven ITK I can reveal that the head of media – the honourable Ms Wendy Taylor – and the fans liaison officer – Mr Lee Marshall – had absolutely no idea what was going on at the weekend at Ashley Towers.
    The club is an absolute shambles and if you think JFK and Patsy can work together for any length of time, you are so far off the mark it’s frightening.
    The club tried desperately to get Patsy on board for 48hrs and he refused and was on the brink of resignation – but like many on here, lacked any backbone to face up to the situation and do something about it.
    Thankfully, a fair few of the most active/passive contributors on here are actually in exile and are so out of touch with real feelings and events.

  • 57 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM


    but AC has gone to WHU so it’s actually true ( for once )

  • 58 solano // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Ashley’s arbitrary decisions are always rationalised and explained not by him, but the sad people who just love being abused by him.

  • 59 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM


    what does ITK mean? i keep seeing it but i have no idea what it means.

  • 60 popscott // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Team for start of season
    Debuchy. Tayls. Colo. mbiwa
    Marv. Sissoko. Tiote, guti
    Cisse. Campbell.

  • 61 solano // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    In the Know, my friend ;-)

  • 62 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:07 PM


    cheers mate

  • 63 solano // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Black n White….but not everyone who claims ITK status actually is ;-)
    you’ll pick it up.

  • 64 p // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    @60 – nice, very leftfield

  • 65 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:10 PM


    no no no no no no no

    not a 442

  • 66 richyg01 // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Glad he’s signed for them, atleast that ends the whole “will he come back to Toon” debate.

    Word is that Carlton Cole is in talks with a PL side. Hope it’s not us!!

  • 67 popscott // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Just thinking, if we sign nobody what we left(field) with!

  • 68 yo-yo // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    The Mirror are just rubbish at arithemetic . One and one make eight…. Llambezee was already toast before JFK opened his mouth.
    I’m sure AP considered his position but his survival instincts took over.
    The roller coaster that is the Toon will be VERY interesting the next few weeks..
    One bit of awful news followed by one bit of good news followed by ???

  • 69 jimmysmith // Jun 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    I’m not sure to what degree we’re in trouble, although we’re definitely in it. But Kinnear, Pardew, Stone, Beardsley, Carver etal wouldn’t get near any of the senior clubs, not a cinder in snows chance, and that’s our football acumen right there.

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