As the season draws to a close, Andy Carroll's loan deal with West Ham United will expire and he will soon head back to Liverpool.
However, it's extremely unlikely carroll will stay at the Reds, as his dominant physical play doesn't fit in with the passing philosophy of Brendan Rodgers and would spend more time on the bench than on the pitch.
Carroll is the traditional English number nine and has finally managed to shake off the injuries that have constantly halted his progress in his adventurous career thus far. This has led him coming into a recent run of goalscoring form with five in his last eight games.
So what are his options? If West Ham United can afford him, then he could be made a permanent part Sam Allardyce's side. Or a return to his former employees, Newcastle United may be on the cards.
West Ham United
Carroll himself has said he would happily stay at West Ham as he is a firm favourite amongst team-mates and the Hammers fans.
However, the London club's manager, Sam Allardyce, has stated that although the permanent purchase of the striker would be a dream, his wage and transfer bill is majorly inhibiting the transfer.
To not be French and a major transfer target of the Magpies is impressive to say the least and this is exactly what Carroll has done.
After leaving Newcastle in harmonious circumstances just a few years ago, Carroll would still be welcomed perfectly at the club and would be a great addition to the side.
On the other hand, Newcastle are likely to be unwilling to partner Papiss Cisse up-front, therefore it would only be one or the other.
So, with his incredible hold-up play bringing everyone else into the game, and goal-threat, Carroll would be a perfect signing for anyone willing to take a gamble on him, and may lead his team to glory.
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