Journalist David Ornstein makes astonishing claim about ex West Ham striker Andy Carroll’s wages after he recently signed for Championship side Reading.
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.
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.
Some have questioned Carroll’s attitude and dedication towards his career and keeping himself in shape over the years given his persistent injury issues.
But that can certainly not be questioned now after a new report made an astonishing claim about the ex West Ham striker’s current wages since signing for Reading.
According to The Athletic’s respected journalist Ornstein, Carroll is on just £1k per week at the Championship side having joined on a short-term deal.
Journalist David Ornstein makes astonishing claim about ex West Ham striker Andy Carroll’s wages at Reading
“Andy Carroll signed for Reading earlier this month and the 32-year-old striker is already making a mark at the struggling Championship club,” Ornstein writes on The Athletic.
“Given that Reading’s breach of financial rules has resulted in a transfer embargo that puts strict limits on squad salary expenditure, signing the former England international raised eyebrows in some quarters.
“But The Athletic understands Carroll signed a deal worth only £1,000 per week, a fraction of his income while representing Newcastle, Liverpool and West Ham United.
“That was the budget granted to Reading by the EFL under the restrictions it has imposed and Carroll accepted the offer to get his career back on track.”
According to Ornstein, Carroll’s team-mates and staff at Reading have noted the positivity that the former Hammers man has generated and there is a sense among them that his decision was fuelled by a passion for the game rather than money.
Of course it could be argued that Carroll does not need the money having amassed a fortune in wages during his spell at West Ham alone.
But away from the money side it is refreshing to see a player willing to drop down into the Championship and play for such a basic wage just to enjoy the beautiful game again.
And all West Ham fans would wish Carroll well.
It’s certainly good to see the big man back amongst the goals as he scored some important and memorable ones for the east Londoners in his time.