Arsenal tried to hijack Andy Carroll deal - report

Did Arsenal really try to hijack a deal for Andy Carroll?

Thursday's edition of The Daily Star is splashing on the back page with a story that Arsenal tried to hijack West Ham's move for Andy Carroll.

An image of the back page, with Carroll posing in a West Ham shirt after completing the transfer to the Hammers can be seen below:

The paper claim that Arsenal 'made a last ditch move as the striker weighed up the Hammers £100,000 a week offer.'

You can read the full story here - with Arsenal's approach described as 'tentative' in the piece.

Reaction: This is one of those stories that really does appear too ridiculous to be true.

Arsenal are after a striker with Gonzalo Higuain the most likely candidate, and Carroll had not been believed to feature on or close to Arsene Wenger's radar before now.

West Ham paid £15 million plus add-ons for the Liverpool striker, and while Arsenal have the money to outbid them, why they would want to is a mystery for a player who failed to prove himself during the 18 months he spent at Anfield before being loaned out.

The Star did not back up their report concerning Arsenal's interest with quotes from verifiable sources - instead picking out an old line from Arsene Wenger from Carroll's Newcastle days to support their 'scoop'.

It's a great story - but we remain sceptical as to whether Arsenal were ever interested in the player.

What do you think of the report?

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