The speculation of Andy Carroll potentially going to Newcastle United has been answered by Slaven Bilic.
Responding to the media stories, the West Ham boss says that the Hammers ‘are not willing to listen to offers’ for the Geordie striker.
Bilic says that nobody at the club wants to sell Andy Carroll and that he knows the striker is happy at the club.
One of Slaven Bilic’s bosses, Co-Owner David Sullivan, actually fuelled the speculation himself recently, saying that he didn’t think Andy Carroll would leave BUT if he did, then Newcastle would be the only club he’d consider.
This (Carroll to leave West Ham and come to Newcastle) is speculation that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, for so many reasons.
In Newcastle’s position, they are desperate for a reliable goalscorer, so buying and relying on somebody who has only managed 78 Premier League starts in the five and a half years since he left Newcastle, would just be a bit mental.
On the other hand, in West Ham’s case it would be arguably even more mental if they did sell him.
After paying through the nose for him and getting so little in return due mainly to injuries, now Andy Carroll is back fit then why on earth would they consider selling him?
They are moving into a massive brand new stadium this summer, need to fill it, plus have a huge opportunity to put the club on a whole different level.
Any fee is dwarfed by the potential rewards that could be ahead of them, which are on top of the estimated extra £50m per year that they and every other PL club will get via the TV deals from next season.
They can afford to gamble on Andy Carroll staying fit, he returned against Southampton and scored the winner, before scoring the second in a 2-0 win over Liverpool. Those six points from their last two games have put the Hammers only four points off a Champions League spot.
Andy Carroll is a very good player and a right handful when fit, West Ham can gamble on that and Newcastle can’t, end of story.
“The club are not willing to listen to offers and we want Andy to stay and perform like he does in most games.
“Nobody at the club wants to sell him, he is a very good player, but whenever he scores a couple of goals the rumours start.
“The only way he can stop the rumours is to play badly, which we don’t want him to do.
“We don’t want to sell him – he is very good in the dressing room and I know he is happy here.”