Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are currently leading the way in the race to sign Newcastle’s in form striker Andy Carroll, according to the News of the World.

Carroll is currently earning the plaudits and continues to press his case for a maiden England call up after scoring the winner at the weekend but his value currently stands at £15 million.

And, after the 21-year-old embarrassed Gunners keeper Lucasz Fabianski yesterday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted Carroll has ‘something special’.

Speaking after Arsenal’s 1-0 loss, Wenger said: “I'm convinced [Fabio] Capello will have a look at him. I believe he will be good enough to play for England.

"He has a kind of presence. It's not down to me to select the player, but he has something special and he is efficient. I have been highly impressed by him.”

Meanwhile, the Emirates Stadium club will face competition from Manchester United and Chelsea if they are to secure his signature.

Chelsea are currently looking for the heir to Didier Drogba’s throne and Carlo Ancelotti sees Carroll as the perfect like for like replacement for the Ivorian.

With Drogba and Nicolas Anelka the wrong side of 30, the Blues are looking to freshen up their squad and have the spending power to entice Carroll to Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Manchester United could look at Carroll but are unlikely to make a move until the summer as Sir Alex Ferguson has already ruled out any incoming transfers at Old Trafford in Januray.

Liverpool could also be interested after a host of strikers have been linked with a move to Anfield and Roy Hodgson could have money made available in the winter transfer window.

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