Arsenal made a move to sign Andy Carroll shortly before he joined West Ham United on a permanent basis, but were put off by the cost of the deal, reports the Daily
The striker signed for the Hammers from Liverpool on Wednesday, for a fee in the region of £16m, and the report states that Arsenal’s move was merely an enquiry and they did not make a formal offer, however it shows that the Gunners were interested in making a move for the 24-year-old.
Manager Arsene Wenger has also praised Carroll in the past for his performances against his side, saying: ‘I have been impressed by him. He has charisma, confidence and he is intelligent on the ball.’
The fact that the deal reportedly could reach £60m is what caused them to walk away. Arsenal have shown themselves to be less willing than other clubs to spend big money, and Liverpool’s high asking price combined with wage demands of around £100,000 a week looks to have resulted in the decision not to pursue the signing of Carroll, who reunites with Sam Allardyce after scoring seven Premier League goals last season.
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