How much?! West Ham are trying to sell Andy Carroll to Newcastle for an astronomical fee.
You can't blame West Ham for trying, and at least they are setting the bar high. Yet reports in The Times that they want £18 million for Andy Carroll appear particularly hopeful.
Carroll has of course gone for more expensive fees in his career. He infamously became Liverpool's club record signing in 2011 for £35 million [fee via BBC].
He struggled with injury and was not wanted by Brendan Rodgers after taking over, but it seems the Reds pulled a fast one by convincing West Ham to pay £15 million for him.
The Hammers are yet to see a return on this figure. He has had ongoing injury issues, and despite weighing in with a few important goals, the club often look a more cohesive side without him.
A lot of the reason for Carroll's transfer fees being so high, is that they have been based on potential, of what he can be, but at this stage of his career the injury prone 26-year-old may simply be what he is.
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He has netted only one league goal this season, a winner against Chelsea, but that has been an outlier in a poor season so far for him, and he missed the match with Stoke at the weekend with a groin injury.
The Times report that West Ham hope to sell him to former club Newcastle United, but whether Mike Ashley will stump up anywhere near the type of money they want remains to be seen.
Slaven Bilic moved to try and quell the rumours, telling The BBC he wanted to keep the striker, describing him as a 'big weapon'.
Despite this, surely if they received an offer of £18 million it would be impossible to turn down.