The 29-year-old striker is surprisingly under consideration at Stamford Bridge as the Premier League champions look to boost their striker options.
Chelsea have suffered three successive goalless draws – for the first time in the club’s history – with concerns over the form and fitness of record signing Alvaro Morata who appears desperately in need of a rest.
Head coach Antonio Conte appears to have little faith in back-up striker Michy Batshuayi and it is possible that Chelsea may offer the Belgium international in exchange for Carroll until the end of the season.
West Ham have previously expressed interest in Batshuayi but are adamant – at present – that they will not allow Carroll to leave the club and especially not on loan. However there is a growing sense at West Ham that Carroll may attempt to push for the move.
He missed West Ham’s victory over Huddersfield Town with an ankle injury and ongoing concerns over his ability to stay fit could yet put Chelsea off. Sources at West Ham say it will take “a very big fee” to persuade them to allow Carroll to leave this month even though there have been frustrations over his fitness since he joined the club.
West Ham are in the market to sell forwards during this window with both Javier Hernandez and Diafra Sakho believed to be up for sale as manager David Moyes tries to re-shape his squad. Moyes is keen to add to his midfield options and, for example, has already failed in a move for Joe Allen with Stoke City insistent they will not sell.
Sakho was close to a move to Crystal Palace last weekand it appeared he was set for a medical but that deal has stalled. There is an expectation, though, that the Senegal striker, who tried to leave West Ham last summer, will go this month.
At Chelsea, Conte is pushing to add a target man to his squad having seen Fernando Llorente opt for Tottenham Hotspur during the last window. Chelsea do not want to sell Batshuayi but will attempt to loan him if a replacement is signed. Spanish club Sevilla have expressed interest.
Conte is also an admirer of Red Star Belgrade’s Richmond Boakye and Palace’s Christian Benteke.