New West Brom boss Sam Allardyce is plotting a January move for a ‘frustrated’ Andy Carroll, according to The Mirror.
Big Sam returned to management during the week, replacing Slaven Bilic despite the Baggies picking up a point a way to Man City – and the former England boss got off to a disastrous start as rivals Aston Villa hammered them 3-0 at The Hawthorns last night.
Now reports suggest he is eyeing up an unlikely reunion with 31-year old Carroll, who he once signed for £17million while manager of West Ham.
The Sun have also picked up on the story, claiming Allardyce will be in touch with Bruce in the ‘coming weeks’ and hopes to tempt him into selling the ‘frustrated’ striker via a ‘small upfront fee’ next month:
“WEST BROM boss Sam Allardyce is targeting a reunion with Newcastle star Andy Carroll in January, according to reports.
“The forward was left frustrated after being left on the bench for Wednesday’s 5-2 defeat at Leeds. With Carroll seemingly unsettled, West Brom could look to sign him as they continue their fight to avoid relegation.
“Allardyce managed Carroll at Newcastle early in the striker’s career, during the 2007-08 season, and at West Ham.
“The Mirror claim Big Sam will ask old pal and current Toon boss Steve Bruce about Carroll’s availability in the coming weeks.
“Carroll has just six months left on his contract with clubs able to negotiate pre-contract terms ahead of a free summer move.
“But West Brom are set to tempt Bruce with a small upfront fee in a bid to sign him in the winter to get him fit and ready for what could be a vital run of games.”
Carroll is currently on a one year rolling contract at NUFC and has seriously struggled to impress during his 18 months here.
I was in favour of giving him another season – mainly due to the lack of options we had at the time – but 0 goals in 30 appearances is a shocking return in the top flight and is clear proof that he is no longer good enough to cut it at this level.
Allardyce, West Brom and Andy Carroll must be the most uninspiring holy trinity in football history and Baggies fans must be thinking what on Earth they have done in a previous life to deserve this.
This may be the national press putting two and two together and making five, but let’s hope it frees up space to bring in another attacking player who actually possesses the quality to score goals in the Premier League IF we really do get rid of big Andy next month.