West Ham received three bids for striker Andy Carroll from China recently but elected to turn them down.
A trio of independent bids were made from clubs within the east Asian country, clubs which have become increasingly notorious for their bottomless checkbooks in recent seasons, according to a source over at Claret and Hugh.
Reports circulated last week that West Ham had invited bids for the big Geordie but Claret and Hugh assert that was not entirely the case and that the bids were made independently.
The Hammers are said to be well aware of ongoing interest in Carroll from the Chinese Super League but have become growingly reluctant to sell the 6’4″ striker because of their glaring lack of options up front. A source said:
“We certainly had offers – three of them – but there was no way we could let him leave given the player shortage.”
Interest in the player is sure to resume come the summer transfer window and the Hammers could be tempted, despite Carroll’s form when fit, to sell the often injured target man.
Carroll has netted 6 league goals in just 12 Premier League appearances this season but missed the Hammers’ recent away trip to Watford with a mystery groin injury.