Brad Friedel has noted in the past — the latest instance coming on Sunday, Mar. 24 in the wake of New England’s 2-0 loss to FC Cincinnati — that he would like to bring in a player from Europe to bolster the squad. During his post-match press conference, he noted they are in negotiations “every day” to see when the European club in question will release the targeted player from his contract.
Carroll’s six-year contract is up at the end of the current English season, and WHU manager Manuel Pellegrini isn’t expected to re-sign him. He has only played 14 games for the Hammers this season and only 84 out of a possible 266 since he signed in 2013. He has had a recent ankle surgery thanks to a recurring injury which has kept him sidelined since February, ruling him out of the rest of the Premier League campaign.
West Ham is currently 11th in the Premier League with 42 points. While top six is out of the question with five matches to play — Manchester United has 61 points with a match in hand — getting to seventh and the potential of continental football next season thanks to Manchester City’s quadruple title run is still within the real of possibility. Only five points separate the East London side with 7th-place Leicester City.
A good run of form by the Hammers, who play Manchester United on Saturday, in the final month of the English campaign can help.