|Cristian Andal |||Feb 28, 2017 08:38 PM EST|
(Photo : Getty Images) West Ham United turned down offers from three Chinese Super League clubs for Andy Carroll.
English Premier League side West Ham United turned down offers from three Chinese Super League clubs for veteran striker Andy Carroll, according to the latest football rumors.
The Mirror reported that Hebei China Fortune, Shandong Luneng, and newly-promoted team Tianjin Quanjian have submitted bids for the signature of the England international before the Chinese winter transfer window closed. However, West Ham has rejected all of them as the team wants to keep their prized goalscorer for the foreseeable future.
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Carroll, 28, has been with the Hammers since the summer of 2012. He was first acquired in a season-long loan deal from fellow English club Liverpool before it was made permanent in May 2013 after West Ham paid the Reds around $18 million to facilitate the deal.
In four-and-a-half seasons at West Ham, the Englishman had appeared in a total of 104 games in all competitions and scored 29 goals. His stint is hampered by a lot of recurring injuries, particularly in the knees and legs, which led to him never having completed a full season with the Irons, 90min noted.
Rumors went out earlier in the season that head coach Slaven Bilić could sell Carroll soonest as the 6-foot-4 forward was injured most of the time and just sitting on the sidelines. However, with the team's current lack of quality options at center-forward, Bilić reportedly decided to keep him for the time being as he wanted to "finish the season strongly and move his side up the table".
However, team owner David Sullivan is keen on selling the striker to the highest bidder to gain funds and also to unload his $161,000 weekly wage off the club's books.
West Ham is ninth in the English top-flight standings at the moment, 11 points above the bottom three relegation area and 15 points below the Europa League qualifying berths. They have 12 games left in their Premier League campaign this season.
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