Burnley are considering a surprising move for Reading’s former English national team player Andy Carroll as an emergency option, understand 90min.
The Clarets have unexpectedly lost their main striker Chris Wood after relegation rival Newcastle United triggered his £ 25m release clause earlier this week.
Now Burnley are looking for a replacement and one of those being watched is Carroll, who in theory could move Turf Moor immediately with his short-term deal with Reading, which expires this weekend.
After leaving Newcastle this summer, Carroll – who has just turned 33 – signed for the Championship team in mid-November and has worked his way back to full fitness.
After starting five games for the Royals, the tall striker is becoming an important part of Veljko Paunovic’s team.
Carroll’s contract expires this weekend after the clash with Middlesbrough on Saturday, and Reading are desperate for him to sign an extension.
“Andy Carroll is someone we have to have here to get through this difficult period,” Paunovic told BBC Radio Berkshire after the 7-0 draw with Fulham on Tuesday, where Carroll had two fantastic chances chalked up.
“He showed his spirit, his fighting mentality, he never gave up and [showed] his qualities. We still have to improve it and it would be huge if he stayed.
“We gave him a contract offer – the best possible and now we are waiting for his answer.”
But 90min understands that a number of clubs are showing interest in Carroll, and one of them is Burnley – who are now looking to offer him a way back to the Premier League.
Sean Dyche’s side are looking at a number of options for January, with Len midfielder Seko Fofana one of their primary goals, but until last week they did not realize they would need to replace Wood.
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