Andy Carroll scores awards double

Hot on the heels of his brace against West Bromwich Albion, Hammers striker Andy Carroll scooped yet another double yesterday – the club’s SBOBET Player of the Month and Goal of the Month honours.

The Geordie lad was a clear victor in both surveys, scooping 42 % of the whufc.com poll for the SBOBET Player of the Month award, and a whopping 75 % on the club’s Facebook page vote for Goal of the Month. [Read more…]

Will Andy Carroll’s return from injury reignite West Ham?

Andy Carroll arrived at West Ham on a year-long loan last summer with big things expected from the powerful striker.

Manager Sam Allardyce was convinced Carroll could fire West Ham United up the league table with his bustling all action performances and teamed him with winger Matt Jarvis. [Read more…]

Carroll inspires West Ham to victory over Swansea

Andy Carroll inspired West Ham to victory on his return from injury, with a vital 3-points secured in the 1-0 Premier League victory over Swansea at The Boleyn Ground.

West Ham have been in poor form of late and were desperate to get 3-points this weekend to arrest the slide towards the relegation scrap that is clearly emerging. [Read more…]

Allardyce: Fans Behind Carroll

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has stated that the fans are well and truly in support behind striker Andy Carroll.

23-year-old Carroll has yet to see the back of the net bulge in his West Ham career, however Allardyce is convinced that Carroll’s bustling committed displays have the fans 100% behind him.

The fans at West Ham love committed players and they love players who give their all and I think Andy wears his heart on his sleeve, Allardyce said.

I think a part of Andy’s frustration has been the amount of times he seems to be fouled these days but doesn’t seem to get the free-kicks against him that he deserves.

He has to understand that’s probably always going to be the case but for him it’s not to get frustrated by that it’s about making runs in the right positions and just keep showing that commitment and eventually it will pay off for him and for us.

What I do think is that he’s not just a goal scorer. That’s 90% of his game. I think he’s an all-round frontman in terms of his hold-up play and his movement as well as his ability to score goals.

I don’t know why any fans would be on Carroll’s back after such a short time and surely it’s only a matter of time before the big man gets on the end of a wicked Matt Jarvis cross and sticks one in, lets hope he can start by delivering against our toughest opponents of the season so far, the visit of Champions Manchester City for a Premier League tie this Saturday!

Carroll in, Maynard out

West Ham pulled off a major coup last night with the signing of Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

The deal will see Carroll join on loan initially with West Ham retaining the right to buy the striker next summer for an undisclosed fee.

West Ham have been chasing Carroll all summer and have now landed their man after Liverpool were initially reluctant to let the player they paid £35 Million for go out on loan.

It looks like Big Sam’s vision for West Ham is finally piecing together with Carroll the man to finish the crosses that will be laid on by fellow new signing Matt Jarvis.

This is a huge signing for West Ham and shows the clubs ambition, in the past we have been linked to many a good player just to be let down, now it looks like the tide is turning and we can be even happier Hammers!

Carroll himself can’t wait to get started and told WHUFC.com:

It’s great to be here at West Ham and all signed up – I just can’t wait to get started now.

I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people.

I’m hoping to add a lot of goals and create a few chances. I know Sam from Newcastle and he was a massive reason for me coming. When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great so it was a no-brainer really.

Sam Allardyce is delighted to have finally signed Carroll for West Ham and believes he has acquired an all round talented footballer and not just a great header of the ball. He spoke to WHUFC.com:

 I think for all parties this is a great signing. Andy is an all-round footballer, but because he is 6’3″ and one of his strengths is his aerial power, everybody dismisses the ability he possesses on the floor.

Hopefully he can score goals for us and we will be in a very good position at the end of the year in the Barclays Premier League.

Maynard Out

With Andy Carroll coming in this spelt the end for January signing Nicky Maynard who has been sold to Cardiff for £3 Million.

Maynard still needs to agree terms and pass a medical but this looks to be a formality.

It’s a shame for me personally as I liked Maynard and thought he looked very lively and had a great eye for goal and believe he would have done well for us in the Premier League. Maynard follows fellow striker Sam Baldock out the door and I will be interested to see how they are both doing this year and whether we made a mistake in letting them go.

Transfer Deadline Day

It’s that day again where everyone is glued to SkySports News and watching Jim go delirious with excitement over the clubs transfer dealings, don’t pretend you don’t watch it and love it!!

Anyway I hear West Ham are still in the market for a creative midfielder, maybe Joe Cole, and additional defensive reinforcements which I believe we need, especially at fullback.

Let’s hope West Ham can spring a few surprises and we have even more to coo about on the terraces against Fulham on Saturday!

Iron Bobby

West Ham give up on Carroll

West Ham finally admit defeat in it’s attempt to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

West Ham had agreed a fee with Liverpool for Carroll in the region of £2 Million to take the striker on loan initially with another £18 Million being paid for the permanent transfer of the striker should West Ham have retained their place in the Premier League.

However, it soon became apparent Carroll had no interest in joining us, even on a loan deal, and would stay put in Liverpool unless his boyhood club Newcastle came knocking or an English Premier League club playing in Europe.

High hopes from a man who couldn’t hit a barn door from 5-yards for Liverpool after paying a mammoth £35 Million for him. Interestingly, no clubs who meet his strict criteria have come calling even though they know of his availability!

Crazy Wages

In an attempt to change Carrolls mind West Ham were ready to offer him a crazy wage deal for an even more absurd 8-years, but thankfully this too never turned his pony tailed head which I am quite thankful for as he would have needed to play like a complete superstar from day one for us to have ever recouped our money should we have cashed in on him at any point.

Dead Deal

David Sullivan’s son Jack informed his Twitter following on Monday that the deal was finally dead after doing everything possible to be Carroll in a West Ham shirt.

Shortly after a club source told ESPN:

Sadly, it is true, we have conceded defeat in trying to sign Andy Carroll.

So onwards and upwards in the search for quality additions to the West Ham squad which I am sure we can all agree are much needed.

Iron Bobby

 

Thursday Transfer Update

West Ham are very busy in the transfer market this window with seven players already in the door and more to follow.

Let’s kick off with Spanish defender Ivan Ramis who was all set to move to West Ham after a fee was agreed with his club Mallorca, however after passing his medical he got a call from a certain Roberto Martinez who whispered sweet nothings in Spanish in his ear and now he looks set to move to Wigan.

So was we being used by Mr. Ramis to get Wigan to sweeten the deal? Either way we signed James Collins so we haven’t been left high and dry as we have a good defender who crucially has Premier League experience.

Carlos Tevez

Apparently a deal to take the Argentinian striker on loan for 6 months is in place, however it’s conditional on City signing a top quality striker, who I am assuming is Robin Van Persie who wants out at Arsenal.

I wasn’t paying much attention to this but betting on this transfer has shortened all the way to 3/1 joint favourites with AC Milan. I usually find when the odds turn around like that then there is usually something to it. Whether or not all the pieces fall in to place to make this deal happen is another thing.

Andy Carroll

Carroll was left out of Liverpools Europa squad yesterday citing injury, however that says to me Rodgers isn’t keen on the player and wants him to move to West Ham as soon as possible or get on the phone and try and get Newcastle to offer the same package so they can cash in and get some replacements in.

Carlos Sanchez

Sanchez is a defensive midfield player who is interesting Bolton, West Ham are now looking to scupper the deal for the man known as ‘The Rock’.

How about you guys? Heard anything on the down low you would care to share?

Andy Carroll To Be Offered Crazy Wages

In an attempt to lure Andy Carroll to Upton Park, West Ham are willing to shatter wage cap.

West Ham continue their pursuit of Andy Carroll today with the club ready to break all transfer and wage records to get the big striker to ply his trade at The Boleyn.

The Daily Mail are reporting that an 8-year contract worth an eye watering £36 Million is on offer to get the England international to sign for the club, this would put Carroll on £90k per week.

Liverpool have already agreed to the £2 Million loan for this season with a further £17 Million to be paid on the condition that West Ham are still in the Premier League. Considering that Carroll has only scored 6 goals for the reds since his record breaking £35 Million move back in 2011 I think that’s the best deal they could have hoped for, especially now Newcastles interest appears to have waned now that Demba Ba’s £7 Million release clause is no more after no clubs activated it by July 31st.

It appears Sam Allardyce is desperate to get Carroll on board with a source telling The Daily Mail:

‘The manager wants him badly and the board are backing him to the hilt.’

What’s strange is that West Ham Co-Owner David Sullivan only recently commented that the club would never pay over the top wages again as the previous Icelandic regime nearly bankrupt the club by doing exactly that.

I am not sure what other fans think about this but paying this kind of money for Carroll is crazy, surely we could get the spine of a great team together for the same amount we would spend on one player? If we want strikers then Ba was available for £7 Million, Berbatov is reportedly available for £5 Million and then you could try and pry Defoe away from Tottenham as he really needs to move on to get some playing time. All three combined would cost less than Carroll and if you offered the kind of wages being talked about I am sure you would get two out of three of them!

In other news James Collins is set to complete his move to West Ham today, more news as soon as I get it.

Iron Bobby