Writing her column in The Sun, West Ham United chairwoman Karren Brady has revealed that after a meeting with club owner David Sullivan, that the club will sign at least one more striker.
Malian forward Modibo Maiga has disappointed supporters and management alike since joining the Irons in 2012, having scored just four goals in twenty appearances.
Carroll, a £15m summer acquisition from Liverpool after a successful loan spell at the club last season, has found himself sidelined after obtaining a foot problem in the build-up to the 2013/14 Premier League season.
He is yet to make an appearance for West Ham this campaign, although he is tipped to return to training next week before entering Sam Allardyce's thoughts for selection in the new year.
Discussing the topic of Carroll and Allardyce's limited attacking options, Brady said:
"The orthopaedic surgeon who is treating Andy Carroll is pleased enough with his progress that he is preparing to let Andy come home and start training."
"It will give everyone a lift, he's a big character on and off the pitch. I can tell every West Ham fan that Andy has worked incredibly hard with a difficult injury - and is desperate to start playing his part."
"After a chat with David Sullivan today they should also know that he is making plans to ensure we will not be left short up front again. David is looking to add at least one more quality striker in January."
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is relieved to see Carroll's return on the horizon, but has warned against rushing the former Newcastle man back into proceedings.
"We have to be tentative in our approach to it. When Andy's fit we've got to get him fit to stay fit. Having not played a game since last May, it will take some time to get him into a match-fitness situation," Allardyce said.
"He's done an awful lot of work, but that doesn't include match fitness, so it will take a while for him to get back up to speed."
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