West Ham United would surely have to sell Andy Carroll if they signed Sandro Wagner this January.
As reported by The Sun, the Hammers are supposedly in a fight with Crystal Palace over the German hitman, who is currently warming the bench at Bayern Munich.
Wagner moved to the Allianz Arena in January 2018 after a short stint at 1899 Hoffenheim.
He has played second fiddle to Robert Lewandowski since his move, although he does have a decent goals record despite little game time – he has 10 goals in 26 appearances in total (during his second stint at the club).
Apparently the forward is frustrated with life at the German champions and is looking for a change of environment.
If the Hammers successfully sign Wagner for a reported £6 million, then it could see Carroll finally move on.
Wagner is the same kind of player as Carroll
Any signing of Wagner would suggest that Manuel Pellegrini doesn’t see a future for injury prone Carroll, who has finally recovered from an ankle injury and could be involved against Manchester City on Saturday.
Wagner stands at 6ft 4ins, which is the same height as the Englishman.
The 30-year-old’s game is very similar to that of Carroll’s, and Pellegrini would surely not need two of a kind.
Carroll has actually done OK for the Irons over the years – certainly in terms of providing goals and assists.
His injury record is very poor though, and may be the reason Pellegrini why is seeking a new striker of a similar style.