The press in London are reporting that West Ham have placed a fee of £18M on the head of Andy Carroll, the former Newcastle United striker and it’s thought that Sunderland and Newcastle are both interested.
They report that Sam Allardyce would like to get Andy playing for him again, this time at the Black Cats, but it is thought Andy may prefer a move back to his former cub Newcastle.
The truth is there’s no way on earth that Andy would be seen dead in the red and white striped shirt – playing for Sunderland.
Andy Carroll – in his heyday at Newcastle
And maybe he would prefer Newcastle because he just happens to be a born and bred Geordie who will support Newcastle United for the rest of his life.
In short – that’s due to the Geordie DNA he was born with.
But £18M for a player who picks up so many injuries is not a good deal, although Andy, who turns 27 tomorrow, has shown that when he does play he can be a match-winner – as he’s proved in the last two games for West Ham United.
Andy is still one of the best headers in the game and he also has a good left-foot.
We’d be more than a little surprised if Newcastle have any interest in bringing Andy back on Tyneside this month.
We would not be very surprised if Sunderland want him at the Stadium of Light, but there’s just no way Andy would want to play for Sunderland.
It would be like Alan Shearer signing for Sunderland.
It’s an oxymoron.