In a strange interview ahead of the January transfer window, West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has talked about the possibility of Andy Carroll moving to Newcastle United.

Sullivan says that West Ham have no spare cash to pay the wages of any new signing, as they continue to struggle with numerous injuries, include Andy Carroll himself.

The former Newcastle striker has a thigh injury and has missed the last couple of matches but the injury is reported to be not serious.

David Sullivan says the Hammers would only let fringe players go and that Andy Carroll is doing a ‘great job’, even though he has only managed five Premier League starts and one goal so far this season. Making that eight Premier League goals in 29 starts (plus 10 as a sub)since he signed a permanent deal at West Ham two and a half years ago.

However, rather bizarrely, David Sullivan then speculated whether Andy Carroll would go back to Newcastle and answered his own question by saying that he thinks Tyneside would be the only place the forward would be interested in going to if he left.

The East London club’s co-owner saying Carroll wouldn’t go elsewhere simply for more money and naming Sunderland as somewhere he definitely wouldn’t move to.

With a few days until the transfer window opens, it is difficult not to think that with West Ham needing to strengthen the squad but having no money to do it, that David Sullivan is very much putting Andy Carroll in the shop window with a green light for Newcastle to make an offer.

The Geordie striker turns 27 next week and with the fee, wages and his injury record, you find it hard to think Mike Ashley would agree to make a decent offer.

However, with Papiss Cisse out for at least a few matches and Aleksandar Mitrovic struggling with a reported ankle problem, Newcastle are looking ever more desperate up front, with most supporters believing a new striker is needed even without injuries.

David Sullivan speaking to Sky Sports:

“Unless somebody leaves the club who is on our wage bill at this moment in time, we don’t have a penny to spend on wages.

“We would only let fringe players go, or if somebody made an offer we couldn’t refuse. We’re not going to be selling players for £10 million, £20 million. We are a non-selling club.

“Andy Carroll is doing a great job. He is part of the club, part of the team. I would think it’s very unlikely he’d want to go anywhere, he has got a fiancée and a baby in this area.

“Whether he would go back to Newcastle to go to his home….I wouldn’t think there’d be any club he’d want to go to other than Newcastle.

“If Sunderland or another club offered him more money I don’t think he’d go there.”