Chelsea are reportedly set to make a move for out-of-favour West Ham striker Andy Carroll as they begin to lose patience in their bid to sign a striker to back up Alvaro Morata this month.

Antonio Conte has reportedly had a target man in his sights for some time, and, after failing to land Fernando Llorente over the summer, the Italian is now purportedly considering the nine-times-capped England international.

The former Liverpool and Newcastle frontman scored twice against West Brom in the Hammers’ 2-1 victory on Tuesday evening, but is growing increasingly annoyed at being used as a bit-part player at the London Stadium under David Moyes.

“It’s been very frustrating. I’ve been sitting on the bench – it’s been tough. I’ve been wanting to play,” the 6’4″ striker told Sky Sports after his sole Premier League start since November. “When I have been I have probably been making an impact but it’s not really what I want to do, I don’t want to be an impact player coming off the bench.”

With Conte still unsure about the ability of Michy Batshuayi to provide a worthy back up to Morata, he may allow the Belgian to leave on loan and bring in a forward in the mould of Carroll, who has only a year remaining on his Hammers contract with Southampton also said to be keen to secure his services.

Header image by Axel Steenberg (Andy Carroll And Didier Drogba) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons