By Adefunmiloye Alani

17th Sep, 2021 | 9:10am

Andy Carroll responds to January West Brom links

Andy Carroll was linked with a reunion with Sam Allardyce at West Brom in January, and the former England international has now responded.

The Daily Mail reported a few days into the New Year that Big Sam wanted a new striker following an injury to Karlan Grant and he was considering a move for the then Newcastle United man.

However, a transfer did not work out, and Carroll, 32, has now told The Athletic what really happened.

He said: “I wasn’t with an agent at the time, so I was getting all sorts of phone calls and people trying to push deals, but in my head, I thought I was finishing my career at Newcastle.

“They would be my last club.”

What could have been?

Carroll is currently a free agent after he was released by the Magpies at the end of last season, but could a move to The Hawthorns during the winter transfer window have benefited everyone?

Allardyce was desperate to keep West Brom up, and he badly needed striking reinforcements.

The former West Ham United striker was not playing regularly at St. James’ Park, ending the season with just four Premier League starts.

He remained at Newcastle, and the Baggies brought in Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne on a loan deal instead with an option to buy.

The Senegal international ended the season with three goals and two assists in 16 top-flight games, but that return was not enough to prevent West Brom from going down.

Allardyce left and Carroll’s chances of moving to the club were off.

While he is currently in search of a new club, Valerien Ismael’s side are not likely to be going after his signature anytime soon, but they could do with a lethal striker at the moment given their recent struggles.

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