West Ham have revealed that the DID receive three bids for Andy Carroll from China and have explained why talks stalled on a possible switch.
Reports emerged last week that the Hammers had invited bids for the striker but ClaretandHugh has learned that was not entirely the case and that the bids were made independently.
There is no question that Carroll is a target for the China Super League but the Irons could not allow Carroll to leave given the shortage of players – notably in that position – they are suffering.
ClaretandHugh was told within the last few minutes: “We certainly had offers – three of them – but there was no way we could let him leave given the player shortage.”
However, it seems the player remains a target for a number of clubs in the next window when interest is certain to be renewed and it will be interesting to see the outcome.
If they have more money than sense in the summer buy a world class replacement first then sell him.
Thats a lovely thought No32 but what world class player would ever come to us.I know we had Payet but that was more luck than judgement that he decieded to have one spellbinding season before becoming the typical Payet that had gone before.
I know, to think we could have had Manolo Gabbiadini in the summer, he was incredible yesterday, next season it should be easier to attract talent because it is a championship year (World Cup) so if players need a move for their international chances they are much more likely to take a gamble, we certainly need a good injection of pace throughout, a quality left winger, striker, right back and keeper. A lot of investment probably required unless by chance we can get some high quality freebies.
Can’t all be done at once that is for sure. But what is the rush? No need for a repeat of last year’s buying. I don’t want us to follow the Southampton model in all respects. I would hate to copy the way they build a new side every year, then sell half of it. But they do seem to have a very good system for choosing their recruits. Gabbiadini has already scored as many goals as our incoming strikers between them!