Chelsea make contact with West Ham to sign Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll and Andrea Ranocchia battle for possession during the Premier League match between Hull City and West Ham United on April 1, 2017
Image: Andy Carroll is wanted by Chelsea as West Ham eye Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea have made contact with West Ham with the intent of signing Andy Carroll on a permanent deal, but the Hammers will not sell him for less than his valuation, Sky Sports News understands.

The East London club's stance could change if Blues striker Michy Batshuayi was included as part of a deal for Carroll, but Spanish club Sevilla are growing increasingly confident of signing the Belgian.

Chelsea are coming to life towards the end of the transfer window, with the club understood to have made known their interest in signing Alexis Sanchez out from under the noses of Manchester United and Manchester City.

They also want Carroll as another option to Alvaro Morata, with Batshuayi having struggled to establish himself in Antonio Conte's plans after signing from Marseille in 2016.

Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea celebrates scoring the 2nd Chelsea goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Watford
Image: Michy Batshuayi has struggled to establish himself in Antonio Conte's plans

Conte was previously interested in Fernando Llorente before he joined Tottenham last summer, and Carroll is of a similar profile to the veteran Spaniard.

Carroll - an England international - cost West Ham £15m in 2013 deal from Liverpool, having initially joined on loan, and he has scored 25 Premier League goals in 86 appearances despite a number of injury problems.

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He began his career at Newcastle before moving to Liverpool in a then club-record £35m deal in 2011.

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