Carroll does not appear to have a long-term future at West Ham due to his lack of adaptability for Slaven Bilic’s playing style, and a transfer in the coming months would not be a surprise.
Boyhood club Newcastle were linked with him back in November by the Mirror, and whether in January or the summer, it appears as if Carroll will depart the Boleyn Ground before too long.
However, Bilic should sanction his departure in January, and sell him to Newcastle as they clearly do want him.
This would get Carroll off their books, and allow the Hammers to go out and sign a forward who is clearly much more suited to Bilic’s style of play - and has been listed for sale next month.
SoccerNews reported yesterday that Bas Dost has been transfer listed by Wolfsburg, and he would be a perfect player for the Hammers.
He is, incidentally, also a target for Newcastle - as the report claims - but if Carroll was sold to the Magpies, West Ham would be free to move for the Dutch international.
He is excellent in the final third, with a prolific eye for goal, but his real strengths are his use of space and ability to work as part of a team - two areas where Carroll is let down.
Dost is extremely similar to Diafra Sakho in his style of play, and this is the perfect player for Bilic’s system. However, the Dutchman is tall and physical, and has proven his ability to hold up play as a target man if needed - fulfilling the role that Carroll does.
He is very much a mix of both Carroll and Sakho, and looks to be the perfect player for Bilic to swoop for in January.