The Hammers have taken a national newspaper report saying the Geordies are preparing a bid a tad more seriously than may have been expected.
This is because the story was written by a journalist who has been close to the Newcastle board for many years.
But in what is their “final” statement on the position a source told ClaretandHugh: “If they come in at all they will come in low.
“But it will make absolutely no difference. Whatever they bid we won’t sell – simple as that That’s final.
“Andy Carroll is an essential element of this team and our record signing – why would we sell?”