White Hart Lane side to challenge West Ham in pursuit of Anfield marksman.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is considering a summer move for Liverpool forward Andy Carroll.
The White Hart Lane manager is said to be keen to strengthen his attack and has been impressed by displays put in by the powerful forward during his season long loan spell at West Ham and with a permanent exit from Anfield likely Villas-Boas is apparently ready to make an offer this summer.
Sam Allardyce has stated his interest in making Carroll’s temporary switch a permanent one but may be scared off by Liverpool’s asking price. The Merseyside club are looking to claw back at least half the £35m they paid Newcastle United for the England international in January 2011, a fee that Tottenham may be willing to fork out.
Tottenham have been indebted to Gareth Bale this term as summer signing Emmanuel Adebayor has failed to re-capture the form he displayed in his season on loan at the North London club last term, managing just three Premier League goals all season.
England international Jermain Defoe started the season brightly but has gone off the boil of late, managing just one goal in his last 12 Premier League appearances.
Andy Carroll may be keen to remain in London and could well prefer a move to Tottenham than West Ham, especially if Villas-Boas’s side secure a Champions League berth.
West Ham have the gravitas and cash injection that comes from winning the Olympic Stadium bid to help in their pursuit of Carroll but even so co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are reticent about spending £17m on Carroll, despite the good form he has shown leading the Hammers line this term.
Carroll may well feel that a move to Tottenham could help further his push back into Roy Hodgson’s national team plans and with a World Cup on the horizon the former Newcastle United man will want to be playing regular football and as such may not be keen on a return to Liverpool.
Andy Carroll has scored four goals in his last six matches for West Ham, helping them to secure a comfortable mid-table finish in their return season back in the top flight.
Despite the fact that Luis Suarez will miss six games of the new season Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to see Carroll as a crucial part of his first team plans next term and will be keen to re-invest any funds garnered from his sale.