West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told Sky Sports that he has no intention of selling injured striker Andy Carroll in January.
A report from The Times on Tuesday suggested that West Ham had slapped an £18m price tag on Carroll, as they felt that Newcastle United would attempt to re-sign him in January.
The giant striker started his career with the Magpies before leaving for Liverpool in January 2011, and as a Geordie and boyhood Newcastle fan, many believe that Carroll will eventually return to St. James' Park.
Steve McClaren's side have been inconsistent in attack, and could certainly stand to add a proven Premier League striker - and Carroll would fit the bill for Newcastle.
However, Carroll is currently out injured, as he often is. A groin strain is currently keeping Carroll on the sidelines this time, which would make a January deal unlikely anyway.
Still, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic spoke about the situation earlier today, telling Sky Sports that he has no intention of selling 26-year-old target man Carroll.
Bilic stated that, despite Carroll's struggles this season, the striker does fit in to his attacking plan, and he offers plenty to the West Ham team despite scoring just once this term.
"We need players. We need him fit and we need him back," said Bilic. "I don't judge my centre-forwards on whether they score goals or not. In the game against Stoke he ran and he did everything, He was creating space, he was holding the ball up. He looked to me that he was back fitness-wise and then he got injured. But hopefully the injury is not too bad."
"When he is fit, he's a big asset for us, he's a big weapon, and it is hard to play against him. He has his presence, his hunger, his ability, and of course he's really important for us. He fits into my attacking plans. I said this from the start and that has not changed," he added.