Andy Carroll: West Ham looking to offload striker with Newcastle and Sunderland interested

The 6ft 3in frontman has scored in two consecutive Premier League games following his return from a groin injury

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West Ham United are willing to listen to offers for injury-plagued striker Andy Carroll despite the international striker's recent goalscoring form, according to reports.

The 6ft 3in frontman headed the second goal in his side's impressive 2-0 victory over Liverpool last weekend, having also notched in the Hammers' previous game, a 2-1 home win over Southampton.

Despite scoring in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time in two-and-a-half years, club officials remain open to offers for the 26-year-old, according to the Daily Mirror.

His boyhood club Newcastle United and rivals Sunderland are reportedly interested. West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan recently suggested that Carroll would only consider leaving the club if he were offered a return to St. James' Park and dismissed the possibility of him joining former manager Sam Allardyce at Sunderland.

"Andy Carroll is doing a great job," he said last month. "He is part of the club, part of the team. I would think it's very unlikely he'd want to go anywhere, he has got a fiancee and a baby in this area," he said last month.

"I wouldn't think there'd be any club he'd want to go to other than Newcastle. If Sunderland or another club offered him more money I don't think he'd go there."

Carroll, who earns £90,000-a-week at Upton Park, has struggled to justify the outlay spent on him since signing permanently from Liverpool for a fee of around £15million in 2013. The England international has suffered numerous injury set-backs during his time at the club, most recently a groin injury which kept him out for three weeks.

Following the victory over Liverpool, manager Slaven Bilic warned against Carroll's potential inclusion in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the forthcoming European Championships, insisting that he must first prove his fitness at club level.

“To talk about the Euros is wrong for him,” Bilic said. “If England is a serious national team and you’re trying to win the Euros then you can’t talk about the national team when the player has scored two goals.

“He’s got all the quality. To ask me, ‘does he have quality?’ then, yes, but he has to show it on a longer scale and now it’s there. He’s got a chance, that’s why I’m asking."