West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has been speaking about his much publicised comments about not signing Andy Carroll.
The England international striker played for the Hammers on loan from Liverpool for the 2012-13 season. The 25-year-old gave a good account of himself at the Boleyn Ground during that campaign and was signed by the London outfit on a permanent deal in the summer of 2013.
It cost West Ham a club-record transfer fee of £15 million, but since then the former Newcastle United star has suffered from injuries.
Carroll has made just 15 Premier League appearances after being recruited on a permanent deal, and Sullivan was quoted as saying that he would not have signed him had he known that the striker was going to suffer from injury problems.
Sullivan has now explained his comments and told The London Evening Standard: ‘What people asked me was that: If you knew what was going to happen, would you have signed Andy Carroll?
‘Hindsight is a wonderful thing and if you could have forseen that Andy was going to be out injured for so long, we may have reconsidered. I was just stating the obvious.
‘What I would say now is that I would love him to come back fit and strong. The good thing is we don’t have to rush him back. I think it could still turn out to be a good decision to sign Andy. We think he will make a huge contribution when he does return’.
Carroll has yet to fully recover from his injuries, but he is likely to return to competitive action in November.