Multiple reports across the media have suggested that Chelsea are considering making a move to sign West Ham striker Andy Carroll on loan this month.

The blues have been struggling with goals in recent games off the back of their third goalless draw in a row against Leicester City on Saturday. This has prompted the board to seek out other options and add some firepower to their attacking line.

Current forward Michy Batshuayi is on the verge of sealing a loan move to Sevilla in La Liga, but Chelsea want to have a replacement in line before allowing this move to be completed.

29-year old Carroll has barely featured for West Ham this season, but his Manager David Moyes is not keen on allowing any of his players leave this window. However, the fact that the England international is earning £90,000 a week on wages, the club might be interested in removing that from their wage bill for the rest of the season.

Carroll has struggled with injuries this season, but it appears that Chelsea are willing to take the gamble as they seek out a robust type striker as a plan b option. Other names they are keen on bringing in as an alternative is Red Star Belgrade’s Richmond Boakye and Crystal Palace front man Christian Benteke.

Simon Phillips