Leeds United should make an ambitious move for West Ham United forward Andy Carroll if they are promoted to the Premier League for the 2019-2020 campaign.
Carroll will see his current deal with the Hammers expire at the end of this season.
The 29-year-old has recovered from injury to feature for West Ham in recent weeks and actually scored his first goal of the season against Birmingham City in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
There remains huge uncertainty surrounding the striker’s future, however, and it is currently unclear whether he will be offered a new deal.
Injuries have harmed Carroll’s time at West Ham and you sense that things would have been a lot different had the powerful frontman managed to stay fit.
There is a very dangerous striker in there somewhere, but he might well need to leave West Ham for a fresh start.
Leeds will be in the market for a new forward if they are promoted to the Premier League for the 2019-2020 campaign and Carroll would be a fine addition.
Carroll is settled in the South of England with his partner and children and it might well be difficult to convince the striker to move.
Leeds are a massive football club, however, and the chance to lead their attack in the Premier League would surely appeal to the Englishman.
Carroll’s record of 34 goals in 137 West Ham appearances is not terrific, but there is no question that injuries have not helped the forward.
The 6ft 4in ace managed a respectable 33 goals in 90 games for Newcastle United, however, and netted 11 times in 58 matches for Liverpool.
Leeds – who lead the Championship as they search for a return to the top tier – would have to be prepared to put a big contract offer on the table to convince Carroll to make the move to Elland Road.
However, there is no question that the nine-time England international has the credentials to be a real favourite with the Leeds supporters.