Last week provided the shock news that Premier League giants Chelsea were interesting in taking West Ham forward Andy Carroll on loan until the end of this season. The idea was that the big striker would provide a nice foil to their current main option Alvaro Morata, and aid the Blues in their quest for a top four finish.
That notion looks set to be destroyed by the Hammers however, as, according to the Evening Standard, they are only willing to let Carroll go on a permanent deal, allowing them to reinvest the money they would get for him.
The former Liverpool striker has made just 12 appearances for the Irons this season, scoring twice, and if he wants to stand any chance of forcing his way into the England squad for the World Cup this summer, then consistent game time is what he needs.
Given that then, a move to Chelsea perhaps wouldn’t be the best option, but the forward does need to consider his options in this transfer window.
The Blues meanwhile do look as if they need another option up top, especially given the fact that Michy Batshuayi has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge on loan.