West Ham: Shock £20 million move for Carroll; reaction to Stoke draw; striker returns to action
In a shock move, Andy Carroll could be set to move to the Chinese Super League with Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou R&F both prepared to pay him up to £300,000 per week to secure his services, report the Express. After suffering yet another knee injury, Slaven Bilic is prepared to cut his losses on the striker, with £20 million bids expected in January, representing a £5 million profit on what they paid to sign him from Liverpool.
Carroll has scored 23 times in 92 appearances at the club but the 27-year-old has also missed a massive 97 games through injury since he joined from Liverpool, initially on loan in 2012, and the deal would make great sense for the club but may end any hopes of an international return for the striker.
Saturday afternoon was a frustrating one for the Irons as Bojan scored a second half equaliser to earn Stoke City a draw at the London Stadium, after Michail Antonio’s deflected header, credited as a Glen Whelan own goal, opened the scoring. Manager Slaven Bilic told the press:
“It is frustrating and not what we were looking for. We got a point at the end but we were looking for all three. It was not a very good game from both sides. In the first half we didn’t do well and were simply not good enough. In the second half, after ten minutes, we made some changes and put two players up front and then scored the goal. We had our best part of the game from when we scored until when they scored, then we conceded a very cheap one, to be fair. It was a fair result at the end of the day, because neither team deserved to win. We are frustrated, but it’s a point.”
West Ham were perhaps unfortunate to draw but the result was deemed a fair one by most spectators, with goalkeeper Adrian at fault for the equaliser in a poor performance from the Spaniard.
One of the positives for the Hammers was the return to action of Andre Ayew, who made his second start of the season and his first since his debut at Stamford Bridge, where he picked up a serious thigh injury in the clash against Chelsea.
Ayew has been sorely missed with Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri disappointing since they were signed in the summer, and the Ghana international will be hoping to make up for lost time. With 63 minutes under his belt on Saturday, he will be hoping to last the full 90 after the international break.
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