Chelsea have made contacts with their Premier League and city rival West Ham for the possible availability of Andy Carroll, according to reports.
Sky reports that the Premier League Champions are interested in the former Liverpool striker and want him as a replacement of Michy Batshuayi, who is set to leave the Stamford Bridge this January after falling down the pecking order.
Initially it was thought that Chelsea will be signing Carroll on loan, but reports have emerged that West Ham are interested to make a permanent deal, but will only sanction a move if they get the proper valuation for the 29 year old.
But the East London club can lower their asking price if they get Michy Batshuayi as a part of the deal, according to reports, but La Liga outfit Sevilla have been confident of signing the out of favor Belgian.
Batshuayi is a Sevilla target this January
Now it seems that West Ham are adamant that they will only accept offers for Carroll if they get Batshuayi in return, as The Sun reported.
Antonio Conte have been wanting to find a player up front as a partner for Morata, as Batshuayi has not been among the plans for the Italian manager. Chelsea boss wanted to sign Fernando Llorente in the summer, but the Spanish striker opted to join Tottenham instead. Now they are interested to sign Andy Carroll, who has a similar profile like Llorente and will bring another dimension to Conte’s attacking artillery.
Carroll is wanted by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte
Chelsea have recently emerged interested for want away Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, but they are most likely to fall behind in that quest as well, as the Chilean is favorite to go to Manchester United.
Carroll, an England international cost West Ham £15 million in 2013 deal from Liverpool, having initially joined on loan, and he has scored 25 Premier League goals in 86 appearances despite a number of injury problems.
He started his career at Newcastle before moving to Liverpool in a then club-record £35 million deal in 2011.