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.
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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