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Opinion: Rob Newman would walk if West Ham did the unthinkable and re-signed Andy Carroll
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Opinion: Rob Newman would walk if West Ham did the unthinkable and re-signed Andy Carroll

Head of recruitment Rob Newman would walk if West Ham did the unthinkable and re-signed Andy Carroll on a free transfer this month.

That’s the Hammers News verdict if seemingly ludicrous tittle tattle emerging this week somehow proves to be true.

According to fellow Hammers website, Carroll was pictured at West Ham’s Rush Green training base this week after he was released by cash-strapped Championship side Reading following the expiration of a short-term deal.

With David Moyes desperate to sign a striker this month and just two weeks left of the January window, many have put two and two together and are hopefully getting five.

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Carroll was popular among West Ham fans for his full-blooded displays and undeniable commitment during games.

But his time at West Ham very much mirrored much of his career in that it was seriously blighted by injuries.

Across seven seasons from 2012 to 2019, Carroll played just 142 times for West Ham scoring only 34 goals.

That was an average of just 20 games per season and less than five goals for every campaign he played in the claret and blue.

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West Ham paid Liverpool around £18 million for the striker which in itself was not huge money.

But when coupled with the fact he was earning £90k per week at West Ham, it meant the Hammers shelled out a staggering £30m plus in wages over the seven years.

That made a total package – including his initial loan fee – of close to £50m.

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Some fans have argued Carroll would be a brilliant option given West Ham lead the way in terms of goals from set pieces in the Premier League.

Others have insisted we must leave the past behind.

Carroll back to West Ham? There are several crucial factors to consider here.

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Opinion: Rob Newman would walk if West Ham did the unthinkable and re-signed Andy Carroll

Carroll still has a house close to West Ham’s Romford training ground. He remains close friends with the likes of Hammers coach Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble, Darren Randolph and Aaron Cresswell.

So his presence at Rush Green could have been an innocent visit to see old pals.

Another possibility could be that West Ham – given his long affiliation with the Hammers – are allowing Carroll to use the facilities to keep fit as he searches for a new club. This is not unusual and Jack Wilshere at Arsenal is an example of this happening at other clubs too.

Moyes and Carroll reportedly did not get on too well during his first spell at the club.

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But perhaps the biggest indicator that this is a complete red herring is surely Rob Newman.

West Ham waited patiently for Newman to finish his gardening leave after poaching him from champions Manchester City.

Newman and Moyes both stated in the announcement of his arrival by West Ham that the new head of recruitment had been hired to help identify top emerging talent to fit with the manager’s philosophy.

That is, in the main, bringing in young, athletic, powerful, quick, talented players who are hungry to prove themselves at the top level.

Carroll is surely the antithesis of all that.

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He would be a signing that smacks of the West Ham of old. Bad old days being run like a circus that saw us lurch from one crisis to another.

Imagine being appointed head of recruitment for West Ham and being charged with finding top rising talent and the first signing the club makes of your tenure is to bring back a 33-year-old injury plagued forward who was released by the club two and a half years ago.

It would be embarrassing for West Ham if this were to happen, which it surely won’t.

And if it did then Newman would walk. He would have to. That’s not even to mention how it would make new co-owner Daniel Kretinsky look.

Fans are expectant over transfers after the arrival of the Czech billionaire, who has a wealth four times that of David Sullivan and David Gold.

And his first signing is an out of contract has-been? It doesn’t compute.

Andy is handy but this isn’t the Dandy.

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