It isn’t often that Alan Pardew shares much in common with Arsene Wenger. The pair have crossed swords and words down the years but both agree that it has been difficult to land a striker this summer.
The Crystal Palace manager’s misery may soon be over. Andy Carroll, 27, has emerged as his preferred target if negotiations for Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, 25, break down.
West Ham’s recent addition of Andre Ayew, 26, cast doubt on the Geordie’s future at the Olympic Stadium following an injury-riven stay with the Hammers.
Carroll has yet to play more than 30 Premier League matches in a season for West Ham since his £15m move from Liverpool three years ago, following a season in the East End on loan.
Pardew has failed to land any of the host of strikers Palace have been linked with this summer.
Last year’s losing FA Cup finalists remain optimistic that they can reach a deal with Liverpool over Belgian Benteke but are reluctant to meet Liverpool’s £32m price tag.
A bid of £25m was recently rejected but there is still hope at Selhurst Park that the Merseysiders can be persuaded to lower their demands.
If they don’t Carroll is next on their list. The former England striker is understood to be open to a move away in the hope that he can resurrect his international career under new boss Sam Allardyce, whom he briefly played for during the England boss’s turbulent and short Newcastle United reign.
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