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Carroll sent home after refusing to apologize for bench blowup

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Andy Carroll‘s West Ham United future is in serious doubt — so much so the 29-year-old striker could be dropped for Saturday’s visit to Leicester City (10 a.m. ET) — after frustrations boiled over during Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Manchester City.

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Carroll, who began the game on the bench and wasn’t included in David Moyes‘ triple substitution after 65 minutes, made little effort to hide his dissatisfaction when he left the bench area and made his way to the locker room.

According to reports, Carroll and Moyes were then involved in a heated discussion, which was only exacerbated Carroll’s refusal to apologize, at the training ground on Monday. Carroll was duly sent home by his manager.

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With three games still to play in the Premier League this season, West Ham (35 points) sit just three places and three points clear of the relegation zone. Saturday’s trip to Leicester will be followed by Manchester United and Everton’s seasonal visits to the London Stadium.

West Ham 1-1 Stoke: Carroll denies Potters joy in London

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Everything was there for the taking for the Potters, but a late goal from the hosts could prove crucial for Stoke’s chances of survival.

West Ham United and Stoke finished 1-1 at the London Stadium on Monday evening, after Andy Carroll‘s late heroics denied the Potters all three points.

Carroll, who came in as a late substitution, brilliantly volleyed home a ball from Aaron Cresswell in the 90th minute.

Peter Crouch capitalized on Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart‘s miscue in front of goal, and pounced on a rebound to give the Potters the victory.

For Crouch, the finish gives him the title of all-time leading goalscorer for Stoke in the Premier League.

Hart spilled a shot from Xherdan Shaqiri that came in from the top of the box, while the veteran Englishman was properly positioned to make West Ham pay for the error.

Chances were far and few in the opening stanza, however, Stoke keeper Jack Butland made a massive stop in the first half on Marko Arnautovic when the ball struck the face of the England international.

Stoke moves level on points (28) with 18th place Southampton, however, the Potters still sit five points behind Swansea City in the relegation race with four matches to play.

Meanwhile, the Hammers sit seven points clear of the bottom three, and have an extra game in hand.

Players to watch in the final week of the window

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With all due credit to the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saga, which has replaced the Alexis-Mkhitaryan saga as the saga du semaine in the Premier League, there are other players potentially on the move this week.

Here’s who we think you should keep an eye on as January moves to its conclusion.

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1) The list should arguably start and end with Jonny Evans, in that whether or not he moves could lay out how much else his current and prospective new club will do in the remainder of the window.

Evans is the sort of player — with respect to Papiss Cisse — that every club needs, and also brings the experience of knowing it could be better and worse from his time winning PL titles at Manchester United and, well, not winning them at West Brom and on loan to Sunderland. He’s 30, not old for a center back, and he’ll be worth every penny.

2) Thinking of Andre Schurrle‘s time at Chelsea has us daydreaming about a similar Chelsea outcast turned reborn Bundesliga star in Kevin De Bruyne (though certainly few are betting on the German to become a Ballon d’Or finalist under Alan Pardew, Rafa Benitez, or Mauricio Pochettino) What’s neat about his case is that his loan move from Borussia Dortmund — and the German club’s potential to pay half the wages if not more — would allow a club who wouldn’t normally get a player of his class to dream a bit. Then again, it could be a bit of “Jese with PL experience.”

3) Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s wild nature has caused his status to shrink deep into the recesses of Rafa Benitez’s mind, which is a shame because Newcastle really could use him, and he could be a breakout forward at the World Cup this summer. Maybe West Brom needs to trade Salomon Rondon for “Mitro” straight up so two baffling PL strike cases can get fresh starts. Or maybe…

4 and 5) David Moyes should call up Newcastle United and offer reported Chelsea target Andy Carroll or reported everyone else target Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is a like-for-like swap. Trade deals, after all, are the new norm, yes?

Andy Carroll’s Chelsea move in doubt due to injury

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Andy Carroll‘s hopes of securing a move from West Ham to Chelsea in January appear to be over.

The Telegraph is reporting that Carroll, 29, has suffered an ankle injury which will keep him out for at least a month but possibly as long as four months if he needs surgery. This comes after he has missed West Ham’s FA Cup win against Shrewsbury on Tuesday as he didn’t participate in training.

Carroll hasn’t played for West Ham since coming on as a late sub in their 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Jan. 4.

It has been widely reported that Chelsea had lined up Carroll and were willing to pay West Ham $30 million for the Englishman, with Michy Batshuayi potentially involved in a loan deal, but the former Newcastle and Liverpool forward has suffered yet another untimely injury.

Carroll has scored just two goals in the Premier League this season, with both coming in the 2-1 win against West Brom in January. The towering forward has been restricted to just 12 appearances in the PL in 2017-18.

What now for Chelsea? With his deal over, it appears they will continue their hunt for a back-up option to Alvaro Morata.

In the summer they tried to signed Fernando Llorente but failed as the Spaniard signed for Tottenham Hotspur instead, while they currently have only Batshuayi to back up Morata but it appears the Belgian forward could be heading out on loan in the coming days.

With Carroll suffering this injury, it appears Batshuayi may be staying at Chelsea after all as Antonio Conte looks around for an alternative striking option for the Blues. In truth, the vast majority of Chelsea’s fans were either bemused or hugely underwhelmed by this potential transfer deal in the first place.

Could Chelsea move to bring Daniel Sturridge back to Stamford Bridge? Would Liverpool sell a clinical forward to a direct rival in the PL? It’s unlikely, while Sturridge has previous with Chelsea after the way he left the club in 2013 and moved to Liverpool.

And Sturridge doesn’t seem to fit in with Chelsea’s plans to add a target forward.

It’s back to the drawing board for their recruitment guru’s as Carroll’s injury appears to be worse than West Ham first feared.

Transfer rumor roundup: Chelsea after Richarlison, Carroll

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Monday’s transfer rumor roundup begins with wobbling Chelsea, who has already added Ross Barkley this January.

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The Blues apparently prefer to take Andy Carroll off of West Ham’s hands, viewing the Irons’ tall striker as the ideal backup for Alvaro Morata and an upgrade or competition for Michy Batshuayi.

Goal.com also says the Blues are readying a move for Watford discovery Richarlison in the summer, with the Hornets unwilling to part with the electric Brazilian this month.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s edge over Man City in the chase for Alexis Sanchez may come down to salary, as the Arsenal star could nab as much as $25 million a year in wages from the Red Devils (really, it’s peanuts after taxes).

United also wants to pry Cagliari youngster Nicolo Barella from Serie A, though Liverpool is also after the $61 million 20-year-old with two goals this season.

Finally, Jack Rodwell is set to become a free agent, as Sunderland is willing to cancel his contract in order to let the ex-Man City and Everton man skip town. Does David Moyes want him at West Ham for a third stint together?