Andy Carroll leads Chelsea's three-man striker shortlist to challenge Alvaro Morata

Ruben Hill
January 15, 2018

Chelsea are considering a shock move for West Ham striker Andy Carroll as the club step up their efforts to solve the attacking crisis now plaguing the team, according to The Telegraph.

The Blues are yet to win in 2018 and have played out three consecutive goalless draws, with club-record signing Alvaro Morata struggling in front of goal during English football's gruelling winter fixture list.

Conte, of course, wanted to sign Fernando Llorente as a target man in the summer but the deal was hijacked by Tottenham Hotspur at the last minute and Chelsea's disgruntled boss was left with only Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi as out-and-out strikers in the senior squad.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), according to Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard, West Ham are not willing to sanction a loan move for Carroll.

But they are only prepared to take the 29-year-old on a six-month loan. The Hammers are already looking to offload Diafra Sakho and Javier Hernandez but, as the report mentions, may be tempted by the prospect of taking Batshuayi on loan in exchange.

Carroll - who now earns £90,000-a-week with West Ham - is joined on Chelsea's shortlist by Red Star forward Richmond Boakye and Crystal Palace's Cristian Benteke.

That being said, Carroll has at least scored two league goals this season - while Christian Benteke, another Premier League striker Conte is said to be interested in, has just one in 17 games for Crystal Palace; including 15 starts.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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