West Ham will only sell strike star for ‘huge’ fee

West Ham will not sell Andy Carroll to Newcastle, or any other club, unless they receive a ‘huge’ offer for the striker, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.

The burley English forward has emerged as a shock target for the Magpies of late, with the relegation-threatened North East outfit eager to re-sign the player who emerged from their youth ranks before making an ill-fated £35m move to Liverpool in 2011.

Despite his injury woes over the course of the past few years Carroll is still thought of highly within the Premier League thanks to his physicality and technique, and reports claim that the high-flying Hammers have no desire to sell him this winter, unless a massive offer – way above the £15m they paid for him in 2013 – comes in.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is understood to see him as vital to his plans at Upton Park going forward and has been impressed by his showings since his arrival in east London over the summer.

Carroll has recently returned from injury and scored the winning goal in a memorable 2-1 victory over defending Champions Chelsea.