This summer is set to provide us with another chapter in the unbelievable transfer saga of Andy Carroll. Once purchased for a ridiculous £35million by Liverpool, the lanky Geordie over the past few years has become a victim of his own price tag, falling out of favour at Anfield following the arrival of Brendan Rodgers.
The new Reds boss exiled the forward on loan to Upton Park for the year, and despite the constant criticism over his style of play, Carroll appears to have found his place in the Premier League, thriving under Sam Allardyce’s long ball tactics.
But with Liverpool paying excessively for the striker back in January 2011, West Ham appear to have hit a stumbling block in trying to make the England international’s move permanent, with the Merseyside club reportedly wanting around £17million for their transfer listed target man.
Therefore, in the coming transfer window, Big Sam will have to find a number of potential alternatives to his loaned-in star, that can still perform the same role as Carroll has this season for the Hammers.
Just in case the former Bolton and Newcastle boss is short of ideas, we’ve complied a list of five strikers who could carry on from where Carroll has left off at West Ham next season.