At the end of the season we brought you a snippet of Andy Carroll’s Twitter feed. With West Ham beating Reading 4-2 on the final day of the season they confirmed their place as a top ten side for the 2012-13 season; and much of that was down to the end of season form of the England international.
But after the game this is what he had to say to his thousands of online followers:
Great game today buzzing for the skip getting a hat-trick and enjoyed every minute of being at west ham!!— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) May 19, 2013
Now I argued that this did not sound like the Tweet of a man who was staying at Upton Park; rather that of someone who felt his future lay elsewhere.
And this week it may seem we have been given a clue as to just how accurate that estimate might have been.
It was reported in May by Spanish paper Marca that Sevilla front-man Alvaro Negredo had rejected the possibility of a move to West Ham this summer.
With Sevilla’s financial struggles their often prickly President Jose Maria Del Nido was prepared to let their star striker go at the right price; but Negredo did not fancy a move to West Ham.
But after watching him smash home four goals on the final day of the La Liga season it would appear that The Hammers frequented their interest but this time were blocked by Sevilla.
After completing the sale of Jesus Navas to Manchester City however Del Nido claims that they no longer need to sell thanks to their Europa League qualification. For now their finances seem stable enough.
But the fact West Ham went in for Negredo tells you one thing; they are certainly considering other options aside from Carroll.
It appears Carroll for some reason does not fancy a move and personally; I think that is a mistake.
West Ham could be the best possible move for him. Sam Allardyce plays a style of play that suits his talents and the calming influence of good friend Kevin Nolan seems to keep the often controversial centre-forward out of trouble.
If they are not preparing for the worse then they are certainly trying to convince Carroll that they are. Perhaps they hope that moving for another player will make Carroll rush into a decision over his future; therefore tying him down to a contract at Upton Park.
Personally I think the £14.5 million bid is indicative of one thing; Andy Carroll has made up his mind and will not be playing for West Ham next season.
Do you think the Negredo bid is a sign that Carroll has decided against a West Ham move?
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