Andy Carroll’s West ham future is now very much under the microscope following the news that the Hammers have rejected three bids from China for the injury prone striker.
And club explanations that the advances were rejected simply because we were suffering a shortage of players at the time is hardly a glowing confirmation of his continued future involvement.
Indeed, already speculation has started on who may be his successor with Chrstian Benteke’s name at the top of the list with the Daily telegraph.
The latest report is that he will consider his future at Crystal Palace this summer and of course should the team be relegated then it looks odds-on a departure anyway for the front man who cost them close to £30 million.
Benteke has scored only once since Sam Allardyce took over as boss and was involved in a row with team-mate Andros Townsend during Saturday’s win over Middlesbrough.
However, whilst an admirer of the player at his best Slaven Bilic is unlikely to be impressed with seven goals from 24 Premier League games at what is likely to be an asking fee of around £20 – £25 million.