In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Premier League striker Dean Windass has tipped new West Brom boss Sam Allardyce to make a move for one of his former stars.
The 66-year-old was appointed on an 18-month contract last week, replacing the sacked Slaven Bilic less than 24 hours after a 1-1 draw at Man City.
In his first interview since taking over, Big Sam revealed that he would indeed have funds to make some of his own signings in the upcoming transfer window, he told reporters:
“There is some money, some opportunities, but I understand the financial problems most clubs are facing.”
The Baggies are among the lowest scorers in the Premier League and with summer signing Karlan Grant only managing to find the net once in nine starts, a new striker could be on the horizon as a priority.
FFC asked Windass whether he could see Allardyce reuniting with out-of-favour Newcastle United frontman Andy Carroll, whom he signed for £15m at West Ham in 2013.
The ex-Hull City man certainly believes he could be a target, he said:
“I take him all day long – why not? What you have you got to lose? The only thing with Andy is, can you keep him fit?
“Listen, I’d have Andy Carroll all day long.
“[Fitness] is the only problem.”
The 31-year-old target man has racked up 237 appearances in the Premier League throughout the course of his career, scoring 53 times.
Whilst 57 of those matches came under the stewardship of Allardyce at the Hammers, where he contributed to 26 goals.
Carroll has barely featured this season with Callum Wilson the main man in the north-east, so as Windass points out, there may well be question marks over his fitness having played just 179 minutes in the top-flight all season.
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