There was talk last week that Newcastle were after Andy Carroll – and that would be for the third summer running that we have been credited with an interest in the Gateshead striker, who made his name on Tyneside before leaving for Liverpool for a massive £35M in January 2011.
Andy Carroll – lots of injuries
But since then precious little has been said about any move to Newcastle, and there was news we were even negotiating for Carroll in New Zealand, but those now seem to have been inaccurate stories.
Apparently Newcastle are not interested in bringing Andy back to Tyneside, and one of the reasons we thought Andy would be a risky buy at around £15M is his injury record, which is not good.
Carroll missed over half of last season with injury, and he played only 16 games with two goals, and while on loan the season before he scored 7 goals in 24 appearances.
And Andy was missing from the West Ham team that was defeated 2-1 by Wellington Phoenix yesterday, and the Phoenix are Newcastle’s opponents on Saturday night in Wellington.
Apparently Carroll has picked up an ankle injury, so at £100K/week in wages, Andy is proving to be (very) expensive for West Ham, who are not one of the richest clubs in England.
And the latest news is not good on Andy, with the reports being that he will no longer participate in the New Zealand tour, and he has been sent over here to the US to (possibly) have an operation on the ankle.
We can understand why West Ham may want to sell Andy because of all the injuries he keeps picking up, and they have also brought in two new strikers this summer.
But big Andy’s injury record would hardly improve on Tyneside, and at £15M he would be very expensive for the Toon – not to mention his wages.
What do you think?
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