West Ham are considering their options when it comes to strikers.
But, according to the latest reports, West Ham could give a contract extension to one of their current forwards instead.
Carroll contract situation
According to The Mirror, West Ham are mulling over whether to trigger Andy Carroll’s two-year option in his contract.
The former Newcastle United and Liverpool forward is out of contract at the end of the season.
But the Irons have the option to extend his deal by two years. And this is something they are yet to make a decision on.
On one hand, West Ham do not want to lose him for free in the summer but they are also wary that they could end up paying his wages when he is injured for two more years.
It might depend on how Carroll does when he recovers from an injury he sustained in pre-season.
When Carroll returns to full fitness, he will be competing with Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic up front.
But what the 29-year-old offers is something different. His 6ft 4in frame and physical stature give him a unique aerial threat which is deadly on its day.
However, his injury record has held him back in East London. Carroll’s injury concerns are well-documented and he has spent a lot of time on the sidelines.
Carroll at West Ham
Carroll is in his seventh season with West Ham but he has only managed 128 appearances in total during that time.
Despite being constantly plagued with injuries, the 9-cap former England international has netted 33 goals for the Hammers.
When he recovers from this injury, it might be his last chance to prove his fitness and earn himself a new deal with West Ham.