The Sun is reporting that West Ham United will turn down the chance to sign Andy Carroll of £17 million in the summer transfer window and instead, will turn their attention to snapping up Southampton striker Rickie Lambert.
Carroll has played well for the Hammers since arriving from Liverpool on loan in the summer, but he hasn’t done anything extraordinary and £17 million seems to be a bit much for them to pay for him.
Sam Allardyce rates the Geordie, but if there is that amount of money to spend, he would rather bring in a few players rather than just the one.
Lambert, who has been the Saints’ top score in the English Premier League this season, is believed to be available for around £6 million and the Hammers’ boss is keen on the man that has worked his way up the leagues in recent years.
The striker has twelve top flight goals to his name for Southampton this term and is the kind of player that Allardyce rates as he is physical and good in the air, but is also impressive when the ball is played to his feet.
Who knows what the future holds for Carroll, but it doesn’t look as though he is at Upton Park for the long-term future.