Conte considers Crouch after Carroll's Chelsea move receives injury setback
West Ham striker Andy Carroll has an ankle injury and faces a possible lengthy absence - and now Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is considering Peter Crouch as a potential new target man.
Chelsea are interested in signing the Stoke City striker on a loan deal until the end of the season, according to a report in the Telegraph.
Carroll had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but now that appears to be unlikely after a scan revealed the severity of his injury on Thursday.
Surgery is among the options being considered and, if 29-year-old Carroll underwent an operation he would be out for months, rather than weeks.
Hammers boss David Moyes is likely to address the matter in his media conference on Friday ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Bournemouth.
Carroll has not played since January 4 against Tottenham.
Batshuayi scored Chelsea’s first goal in more than five hours, but his overall performance was underwhelming as he frequently squandered possession.
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