Andy Carroll could head to MLS in the summer after West Ham indicated that the forward can leave the London Stadium in the summer when his contract expires, according to the Times.
The newspaper claims that the Hammers have opted against triggering a two-year extension in the 30-year-old’s deal at the club, effectively meaning that his Irons career is over as his recent ankle injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season.
It is understood that the former Newcastle and Liverpool target man could head to the USA in the summer once he becomes a free agent, and he might not be the only player that West Ham offload in the coming months.
The Times adds that four strikers could be sold in the next transfer window, naming Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill as potential exits.
Major League Soccer seems like an obvious destination for Carroll now that his West Ham career is effectively over. He is reported earning £80,000-a-week at the London Stadium and unless he can afford to massively drop his wages, then teams in England are likely to avoid the injury-prone forward. MLS does not have the best of reputations on these shores, but it is an ideal place for Carroll to go. Teams are more likely to meet his possible wage demands and the slower pace of the game could help him avoid as many injuries. The US also has a lot more injury specialists than in the UK, so for a player like Carroll, there’s no better league for him to join. Teams will have to be interested in Carroll though and because he’s hardly played in recent years, he might struggle to gain attention. He’s not a massive name like Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole or David Beckham. It may take a lesser MLS side to sign him.