No way West Ham would let Andy Carroll leave, insists ex-Hammer John Hartson

first_imgFormer West Ham striker John Hartson has rubbished rumours that Andy Carroll could be set for a return to Newcastle United in January, saying there is no way the Hammers would allow their record signing to leave after nursing him back to full fitness.Carroll arrived at Upton Park in 2013 in a club record £15million move from Liverpool, but his West Ham career has been ravaged by ongoing injury troubles.The 26-year-old is no longer first choice up front following his extended spells on the sidelines, though he did come off the bench to score the winner against Chelsea last month.And his hometown club – who sold him to Liverpool for £35m in 2011 – are reportedly hoping to persuade the towering frontman to return and aid their relegation battle.But ex-Wales and Irons frontman Hartson has told talkSPORT he would be very surprised if manager Slaven Bilic allows Carroll to leave after the money and resources spent on bringing the striker back into first-team contention.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “West Ham paid big money for Andy Carroll and they’ve nursed him back to fitness – they’ve been patient with him.“Bilic has told me that he can’t get him off the training ground, he’s enthusiastic and is desperate to play games.“When you’ve been out for so long it’s such an added bonus when you’re back playing and feeling fit and you can train every day.“So I would be really surprised if that happened.“Newcastle are in trouble, but I would have thought West Ham would want to keep hold of him.”last_img

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