Reliable West Ham source ExWHUemployee has claimed that West Ham are interested in signing Jonjo Shelvey and could offer Newcastle United Andy Caroll as part of a possible swap deal.
Shelvey may have been struggling for consistency this season, however he is a player worthy of playing in the Premier League and at 26-years-old, he still has many good years left in him.
Many Newcastle fans will certainly have fond memories of Caroll. The 29-year-old is a product of the Toon Army’s youth development system and played for the club’s first-team between 2006-2011. During that time, he came to be regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in English football and this eventually led to call-ups to England as well as a move to Merseyside giants Liverpool in 2011.
Since then, Caroll has shown glimpses of brilliance but has been unable to live up to his potential due to recurring injury problems. In-fact, he tends to spend more time on the side lines than physically fit and it will be hardly surprising if Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is looking to get the striker off his wage bill as soon as possible.
Even though the Magpies need a striker this month to bolster their frontline, Caroll is not the answer. He is not as mobile as he used to be and there is a very high chance that he will be injured if he joins.
He is also not a prolific scorer anymore.