Chelsea’s bid to sign Andy Carroll on loan from West Ham looks set to be unsuccessful with the Hammers only prepared to listen to permanent offers for the former Liverpool striker. However, David Moyes interest in one of Chelsea’s stars may open the door for a deal.
The Evening Standard reports that Carroll had emerged as a surprise target for Chelsea, as Antonio Conte is keen to add another forward to the squad this month to provide backup to top scorer Alvaro Morata.
With West Ham keen on Michy Batshuayi – as David Moyes plans a clear out of his own strikers with Diafra Sakho and Javier Hernandez also linked with moves away from the club – it has been suggested by the ?Telegraph that a part exchange deal could take place, if Chelsea are keen on a permanent deal for the English forward.
The fact Chelsea are even considering a move for Carroll, who has struggled to play regularly for several seasons due to injuries, highlights Conte’s lack of faith in Batshuayi.
The Belgian was only a sub during Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Leicester on Saturday, which was the Blues’ third goalless draw in a row following their FA Cup draw with Norwich City and the 1st leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal.
Carroll’s latest return from injury came in West Ham’s recent 3-2 home defeat to Newcastle and he popped up with two goals in the Hammers’ crucial win over West Brom during the Christmas period.