West Brom are expected to welcome Daryl Dike back to the squad for their game against Bristol City, although there are doubts about Andy Carroll. Boss Steve Bruce endured a very difficult start to life in charge of Albion, but seven points from the last three games, including an excellent display as they beat leaders Fulham last time out, has lifted the spirits and kept the Baggies faint play-off hopes alive.

It’s about building on that against the Robins now, and reporter Joseph Masi revealed a mixed injury update after speaking to Bruce ahead of the trip to Ashton Gate. Daryl Dike expected to be on the bench. Sam Johnstone has been ill but is expected to make it. Andy Carroll a doubt with a minor knock. Read more »


Tall striker Andy Caroll made his debut for England at u-19 level in September 2007 and he celebrated the occasion with a goal. Carroll scored one of the goals in the 4-0 thrashing of Belarus in his first game for the u-19s. Andy Carroll received a call-up to the England u-20 team on March 12, 2009 ahead of the Italy game only for him to be withdrawn from the squad. Caroll was replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Carroll was invited to the England u-21 team on the 5th of August, 2009 and he made his debut six days later. The striker played his first game for the England u-21s against the Netherlands after coming on as a substitute in the second half. For his second game for the England u-21s, Andy Carroll scored a brace plus an assist against Macedonia in a game that ended 6-3 in favour of his team. Caroll was the star of the show as the two teams served up a nine-goal thriller.
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Experienced English striker Andy Carroll scored his first goal for Reading on the occasion of his first start to help his team come from behind to beat hosts Swansea City 3-2 in an English Championship clash played on Saturday.

Swansea City made a dream start to the game when Jamie Paterson scored in the third minute to edge the Welsh team 1-0 ahead, but the lead barely lasted for a minute before the impressive Tom Dele-Bashiru equalised for the Royals. Reading then took the lead for the first time in the game when Andy Carroll found the back of the net on the half hour mark for his first goal for the club.
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Andy Carroll has revealed that English Championship outfit Reading were interested in signing him during this summer’s transfer window.Carroll confirmed the Reading transfer interest in an exclusive interview with English publication The Athletic.

It was reported by several media outlets during the summer that Reading want to sign 6-foot-4 striker Andy Carroll on a free transfer following his release from Newcastle United. In the end, Carroll was unable to agree a deal to join the Royals as a free agent and it has been speculated that finance played a big part in the breakdown of talks between Carroll and Reading. Read more »


Veteran Premier League striker Andy Carroll has admitted that he finds it hard to understand why he did not have a successful stint at West Ham United and has also revealed that he would have loved to have a better career with the Hammers. The former Liverpool forward signed for the Hammers a long time ago but he was not able to make any significant impact at Upton Park, causing the fans of the club to ask the Hammers to let go of the player, questioning why they signed him in the first place. During his time at the club, Carroll failed to live up to expectations and became a shadow of his former self.

During his days as a Liverpool player, Carroll may not have been the best striker in the League but he was renowned for his ability to get behind the ball and get into positions that would allow him to make some reasonable runs before proceeding to find the back of the net. He was usually a problem for defenders back in the day and that was the reason he still managed to play for more than two clubs in the country’s top league.
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Bournemouth forward Josh King has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer on the back of his unsuccessful loan spell at Merseyside outfit Everton. The Norwegian international joined the Toffees on loan in January and he didn’t score till the end of last season. King would be a free agent in a matter of hours and a free transfer move to sign for Newcastle United has been reported in the media.

Newcastle United are interested in signing King but a transfer could be dependent on the futures of both Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle. Both Andy Carroll and ex-Crystal Palace star Gayle have new deals on the table. For Andy Carroll, the tall striker is in his second spell at St. James Park and he’s set to continue at the club after being offered a new contract with his current deal expiring this month. Gayle is also in the same situation though he has only had one spell with the Magpies.
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