Should Southampton take a punt on reportedly available West Ham ace Andy Carroll?

Andy Carroll of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Birmingham City at The London Stadium on...

The West Ham United striker would be a risk, but potential a very useful addition for Southampton.

Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Southampton FC at Stamford Bridge on January 02, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl seems to be determined to freshen up his options at St Mary's this month, in an effort to guide his side away from relegation trouble during the second half of the season.

One area in particular where the Austrian will want to bolster is his attacking department, especially after Manolo Gabbiadini completed his £12 million switch to Sampdoria today.

With this in mind, the Saints should perhaps consider taking a punt on West Ham hitman Andy Carroll, with Football.London reporting that the east London outfit are desperate to get rid of the 6ft 4in target man.

 

The 30-year-old has suffered horrendous luck with injuries over the past few years, so signing him would obviously not be without risk, but on his day he is unplayable, and he would offer Southampton something that they do not currently possess.

Carroll is arguably has the best aerial ability out of any striker in the Premier League, and that kind of physical presence would make him the perfect strike partner for Danny Ings.

The former Newcastle and Liverpool forward's current deal with West Ham expires in the summer, so the Saints would surely be able to pick him up for a bargain fee this month.

Andy Carroll thanks the fans during a lap of honor after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Stratford, England.

Hasenhüttl likes his teams to play aggressive, direct football, and that would suit Carroll down to the ground.

If Southampton have the opportunity to prise him away from the London Stadium for a reduced fee, they quite simply must jump at the chance.

It could very well turn out to be the signing that keeps them up.

Andy Carroll of West Ham during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion at London Stadium on January 2, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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