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London Club Hints At Offloading Striker To Newcastle

8:01 am, Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

As we´ve said a number of times Andy Carroll is a very expensive player for West Ham United, with the London club paying out close to £17M for the Geordie striker in the summer of 2013 and paying him around £90K/week in wages on a six year deal.

That´s a lot of money to pay our for a player who misses an awful lot of games through various injuries he picks up.

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A very young Andy Carroll while at Newcastle with short hair

Of course that´s no fault of the Gateshead lad, but when you look at the finances of it – it´s not a good  situation for West Ham.

If they could get a decent fee for him the Hammers would let him go, but with the Times in a recent article suggesting £18M would be the fee – there´s no way any club – including Newcastle – would pay that out for the 9 times capped England striker.

And any club would need to get close to matching Andy´s very high wages for the local lad to move.

Andy is an excellent player when in form and fit, but he would not be a good buy for Newcastle – we already have far too many injuries in our squad and we should be looking to cut those down.

West Ham Co-Chairman David Sullivan has said he thinks Andy would only leave West Ham for his home town club:

“Andy is doing a great job, he’s a part of the club and part of the team,”

“I think it’s very unlikely he’d want to go anywhere. I mean, realistically, he has got a fiance and a baby in this area.”

“Whether he’d go back to Newcastle to go back to his home, I wouldn’t think there’s any other club he would go to apart from Newcastle,”

Translation of those words from David Sullivan – Newcastle – are you interested in Andy?

With Andy being a local lad and a huge Newcastle fan, it´s always a temptation to try to being him back to Tyneside – but we don´t think that´s going to happen.

He´s just far too expensive in terms of the fee and his wages – given the number of games he plays.

What do you think?

Comments welcome – but please be civil and respectful to other readers who may disagree with your views.

Tags: Andy Carroll · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sing in the corner // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    (Exhales slowly…)

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Absolute must win for McClaren. A loss here would be a massive blow. Given the fixtures other sides in bottom half have, it is a chance to drag a couple of sides into the scrap.

    Interesting to hear that Mitro was carrying a knock going into the Everton game, seems odd that he would have started with him, given the availability of SDJ and Perez. Surely that would have offered us better options than Mitro who isn’t the quickest or most mobile even when fully fit? That would have also given Mitro a few days more rest for today where we will need his presence defensively for set pieces.

    I read Anita is a doubt as well. If he doesn’t make it, Tiote and Colback in the centre of midfield would concede a lot of free kicks. Given 7 of West Broms 17 goals this season have come from set pieces (incl 1 penalty) we will have to defend well. Dummet has to start to add more defensive physicality and aerial ability to counter the threat they pose.

  • 3 sing in the corner // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:07 AM


  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    It is a non starter unless West Ham want a couple of million tops, and Andy would accept a pay when you play contract.

  • 5 Ron Knee // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:11 AM


    I’m one of those glass completely empty people when it comes to our club!

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Morning Ron…I think I might just miss this game.

    Carroll! The story that will never die…

  • 7 Ron Knee // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:15 AM


    Our very own Christmas Carroll. (I’ve pinched that one from somebody!)

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    I like your optimism re today’s game. I’m not as optimistic, but McClaren can’t afford a defeat. I felt we needed 4 points from this and the Everton game, and but for a last second goal we could have been on for it. Any less than three will be disastrous given Arsenal and Man U up after that. Not just for our chances of survival, but also for attracting any real talent in Jan.

    Players might come, but we will be in the QPR situation of overpaying for mercenaries who will know they will be off in the summer regardless of what happens, or those who we overpay for but just aren’t very good.

    Still, it is a three window plan, so I expect the club to act and buy top 8 quality players to bolster the squad. Surely McClaren and the club wouldn’t have misled us over the summer? Or did, as many on here said, they get it wrong in the summer and not do enough.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    That would be me you pinched it from (although I’d imagine someone somewhere has used it before seen as the rumours come out this time every year….)

  • 10 sing in the corner // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    I think in this game we must rotate it a bit. Colback and Tiote have to have a half each. Similarly mix up De Jong, Sissoko Mitro and Perez. But that hinges on Mitro’s fitness. Mbabu has to start in my opinion. We need what energy we have. This game will text our bench / squad against what we used to think of as a lesser team than ours.

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Might take him if he was free or next to nowt.
    18 million waste of money – never fit!!!

  • 12 Ron Knee // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:22 AM


    This is a board that can’t seem to distinguish between quality and quantity. They might argue that we have enough bodies to fill all positions. Of course, if it’s another unproven French winger, it might be another story!

  • 13 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Think Merson could/will be right -players looked absolutely devastated at the final whistle along with a 48 hour turn-around after playing on a heavy pitch, travelling and a few niggling injuries.
    Lets hope by the end of February we are not cast adrift as we have a hard few fiuxtures:
    Arsenal a
    Watfrd cup a
    Man utd h
    West Ham h
    Watford a

    Everton a
    West Brom h
    Chelsea a
    man City h

  • 14 sing in the corner // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Yeah I’m aware my heart is trying to overcome my head. But this is a conundrum for SM to solve. It’ll be interesting to see how both managers deal with the setback of only 2 days ago, and shuffle their respective packs. I’d go for fresh legs and the freshest minds I have. Mbabu hasn’t let anyone down, must have a bit of confidence after his cameos and has recovered from injury now.

  • 15 Grafton83 // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Yes please to Andy, we need him back, he’s miles better than anything we’ve got and the dressing room needs him as well. £18m needs to be negotiated down to £12m then I say get him in. So what if he gets a few injuries, who doesn’t, certainly hasn’t stopped the club signing others with less talent but similar records.

  • 16 goommy // Dec 28, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Question is how much we have to spend? that’s all..

  • 17 FollowFollow // Dec 28, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    I could see us getting a nice deal for Carroll in this window. He’d be a great signing for our current squad and situation.

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