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In-form forward reportedly open to West Brom transfer talks

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West Bromwich Albion look set to be on the lookout for a short-term solution after losing Daryl Dike to injury. 

Dike has picked up a hamstring injury that’s set to rule the striker out of action for eight weeks. That will mean he misses 11 crucial fixtures as Valerien Ismael’s side look to work their way back into top-two contention in the Championship.

It’s expected that West Brom will now re-enter the transfer market on the lookout for another striker to add to Ismael’s squad.

Interestingly, The Athletic have noted that Andy Carroll is someone that would be ‘open to a chat’ with the Baggies about a potential agreement.

Carroll has most recently been on the books at Reading, earning £1,000-per-week with the Royals on a short-term deal.

That deal has now expired, with the option to remain with Reading still there. However, Carroll is open to other offers as the 33-year-old weighs up his next move.

The Athletic confirm that there’s been no approach by West Brom for the former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker, although he would be open to discussions with the Baggies after their fixture with Preston North End in the Championship.

Carroll struck twice in eight games for Reading in the Championship, also registering an assist, as the striker put injury troubles behind him to play almost 600 minutes of football.

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The Verdict 

There is no denying that Andy Carroll has all the quality to step into West Brom’s squad and make an impact in the absence of Dike.

As is always the case with Carroll, though, it’s all about his fitness and whether Ismael can trust the 33-year-old to keep himself fit.

West Brom’s style of football is intense and would push Carroll hard. That will weigh on the mind of both parties if discussions do eventually go ahead.

It’s about weighing up whether striking whilst the iron is hot with regard to Carroll’s fitness outweighs the eventuality of injury occurring.

West Brom will scan right over the market to cover Dike, with pros and cons to Carroll’s potential capture.

Thoughts? Let us know! 


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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