Andy Carroll’s Championship rebuild as potential Premier League transfer emerges

The former England striker is nearing the end of a short-term contract with second tier side Reading – leading to speculation he could be about to make a shock top flight return

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  • 11:35, 14 Jan 2022
  • Updated11:56, 14 Jan 2022
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Burnley are considering an eye-raising swoop for Andy Carroll.

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The Clarets are desperate for firepower having begrudgingly sold first choice centre-forward Chris Wood to drop rivals Newcastle earlier this week.

Wood joined up with the Magpies after they triggered a release clause in his Turf Moor contract. The fee is reported to be £25million.

It has left Burnley short of options up front, especially with Maxwel Cornet away at the Africa Cup of Nations and Ashley Barnes out injured.

Now, a report claims that Sean Dyche is looking into the possibility of approaching Carroll as an option to try and help his side fend off relegation.

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Andy Carroll's short-term deal with Reading expires after Saturday's game at Middlesbrough

The 33-year-old is currently at Championship side Reading. He joined them in November on a heavily-reduced contract with reports claiming he accepted a wage of £1,000-per-week to prove his form and fitness.

He has remained injury free since joining the Royals and has one goal in seven appearances so far.

However, the former England man's current contract is up after Saturday's game with Middlesbrough. He signed a two-month deal with the Berkshire club and that expires following the clash at the Riverside Stadium.

Despite the club having offered fresh terms, a deal is yet to be agreed – which could pave the way for Burnley to nab the forward on a free transfer.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is after a replacement for Chris Wood

Royals' boss Veljko Paunovic, speaking in the build-up to Saturday's game, said: "Andy Carroll is somebody we must have here in order to go through this difficult period.

"He showed his spirit, his fighting mentality, he never gave up and [showed] his qualities.

"The team played a lot for him in the first half. We still have to improve on that and it would be massive if he stayed.

"We made him a contract offer – the best possible – and now we await his response."

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Carroll, who has nine England caps, was released by hometown club Newcastle in the summer. He had rejoined them in 2019 but scored just one goal across two seasons, with the vast majority of his appearances coming from the bench.

It was a far cry from his first spell on Tyneside when his form earned a £35m move to Liverpool in 2011.

Tuesday night saw Carroll score two superb goals for his latest club, only for them to be chalked out for offside calls.

Andy Carroll saw not one but two superb goals disallowed in Reading's last game – both for tight offside calls

They came at a time when Reading were trailing Fulham 1-0 – a game the Cottagers went on to emphatically win 7-0.

Paunovic's side are hovering above the relegation zone, and are just three clear of third-bottom Peterborough. The club were deducted six points earlier this season for a breach of financial rules.

A further six-point deduction will be suspended and not applied as long as Reading abide by the conditions attached to the penalty – that runs until the end of the 2022-23 season.

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