West Ham target Premier League star as Andy Carroll replacement
West Ham have identified Daniel Sturridge as the man they want to replace Andy Carroll, who could leave the club in the summer, per the Daily Mirror.
Carroll, 28, has been with the Hammers since 2012, originally joining on loan in 2012 before signing from Liverpool permanently a year later.
But, having been heavily linked with a move to China in January, it is believed plans are being put in place in case he departs in the summer.
Carroll has struggled with injury for much of his career, but also requires a direct style of play to get the best out of him. Sturridge, 27, has had similar fitness issues during his time at Liverpool and has never truly been trusted by boss Jurgen Klopp.
West Ham are planning to sell Andy Carroll in the summer - and replace him with Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge. (Source: Daily Star) pic.twitter.com/nsZPynVSGi— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) 13 March 2017
The England man has struggled for regular first team action, falling behind Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino in the pecking order at Anfield. Slaven Bilic could offer him an escape route as he looks to usher in a new, successful era at the London Stadium.