Andy Carroll could have been on his way to China during the January transfer window had West Ham United’s owners managed to push through a deal they were chasing according to reports in The Sun.
West Ham are looking to get the reported £130,000 a week striker off their books and several Chinese clubs were believed to be interested including Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune and Shandong Luneng Taishan.
The Chinese Super League’s transfer window doesn’t close until Tuesday but it’s thought a deal won’t be pushed through in time but could be revisited in the summer.
Carroll has struggled with injuries ever since making the move from Liverpool to West Ham in 2012 initially on a loan move before making a permanent transfer for a fee £15 million – bringing the total amount spent on him during his career to £50 million.
With six league goals to his name this season, it’s been a relatively productive campaign for the former Newcastle and Liverpool man, although yet again Carroll has missed several games through injury and it appears the West Ham board are no longer willing to fork out a large sum in wages for a player who’s fitness is still being called into question.