After going more than 300 minutes without a goal before Michy Batshuayi’s strike against Norwich, it’s hardly surprising to see Antonio Conte targeting a new striker during the January transfer window.
Chelsea drew their first three fixtures of 2018 0-0 with £75 million forward Alvaro Morata not scoring since their 2-0 victory over Brighton on Boxing Day.
But the striker that the Blues are being most heavily linked to is Andy Carroll.
In the previous two seasons, Carroll has scored just nine times in 36 appearances, suffering numerous injuries in the process, so it’s hardly surprising that Chelsea supporters aren’t too keen on their club spending £20 million on him.
But those fans that were praying for Chelsea not to sign Carroll this month may have just got their prayers answered.
That’s because, according to the Telegraph, Carroll has received the results of a scan on his ankle and it shows that he is expected to be ruled out for four to six weeks.
But West Ham fear that the injury could be even more serious and, if it requires surgery, he could be out for up to four months.
Of course, if that’s the case, Carroll’s switch to Chelsea would be dead in the water.
While Conte might be disappointed to hear this news, it’s fair to say Chelsea fans were absolutely delighted.
CHELSEA FANS REACT
Here’s how they were reacting on social media to the Telegraph’s report:
DAVID MOYES ON CARROLL'S FUTURE
After West Ham’s extra-time victory against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Tuesday, manager David Moyes remained extremely coy about Carroll’s future amid Chelsea interest.
"They have not made contact with me, so if they have made contact with someone else I don't know about it," Moyes said.
"At the moment Andy Carroll is one of my squad, I want to add to the squad, not lose players.
"I know nothing about it. There have been a lot of rumours regarding a loan but as far as I know it has never officially come from Chelsea. I am not keen to lose any players, I am more keen to add to the squad.
"At the moment Andy has an ankle injury so we are hoping that will settle quickly and he will be back training shortly."
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