Andy Carroll to Chelsea: West Ham boss David Moyes coy on transfer 'rumours'

James Benge

David Moyes refused to be drawn on Chelsea’s interest in Andy Carroll, insisting he had received no contact from the Premier League champions over the West Ham striker.

The Blues are keen to bring in Carroll - who is believed to be open to a move to Stamford Bridge - to add variety to their attack, but West Ham have refused to countenance a loan deal for the 29-year-old forward.

Their stance may change should Chelsea offer them a permanent fee that they could invest in a replacement, though Moyes insisted he had not been made aware of any declarations of interest for Carroll, who was not in the match day squad for West Ham’s 1-0 FA Cup third round replay win over Shrewsbury Town.

“They’ve not made contact with me. If they’ve made contact with someone else I don’t know.,” Moyes said in his post-match press conference, before adding: “If I knew anything I would tell you but I have nothing to say.”

West Ham are believed to be open to doing business should they receive £20million for Carroll, particularly in light of injury struggles that have seen him play in just 128 games since moving to east London in 2012.

Asked by Standard Sport whether £20m would represent a deal too good to turn down, Moyes was evasive. “As I said I know nothing about it, so I can’t really answer your question and I wouldn’t answer it.”

Carroll’s departure could be part of a wider exodus of striking talent from West Ham, with Javier Hernandez - who missed the tie with flu - and Diafra Sakho both available for transfer.

Marko Arnautovic has often been deployed as Moyes’ striker with Hernandez, a £16m summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen, having made just one league start since November 4.

Moyes insists that he remains more focused on adding to his squad rather than trimming back his frontline options.

“At the moment Andy Carroll is one of my squad,” Moyes added. “I want to add players not lose them. I know nothing about it.

“There’s been a lot of rumours regarding a loan but as far as I know it’s never officially come from Chelsea.

“Andy’s got an ankle injury and he’s had an injection in it about 10 days ago. We’re hoping that’ll settle quite quickly and he’ll be back in training shortly.”