The Times claims that West Ham gave an agent permission to try to sell struker Andy Carroll to a Chinese Super League club before the deadline last night.
It is reported that the Hammers wrote to agent Mark Curtis to give him “exclusive permission” to set up a deal to move to either Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune or Shandong Luneng Taishan.
It emerged during the January transfer window that West Ham had rejected three offers for Carroll, with interest from China persisting given that their deadline day did not come until Tuesday 28 February
But it has now been reported that West Ham gave permission for Curtis to try and sell 28-year-old Carroll on their behalf, with a letter sent by Andrew Pincher, the club’s secretary, on 15 February confirming an agreement following a meeting with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan.
The letter, seen by The Times, read: “Following your meeting with David Sullivan [the West Ham co-owner], I write to confirm you have the exclusive authority of the board of directors to represent West Ham in discussions with football clubs in China in order to explore interest and options for the potential sale and permanent transfer of the registration of Andy Carroll during their first and current transfer window. This exclusive authority shall expire on March 1, 2017.”