‘Delighted’: Free-agent has a new club after Wolves decided against deal
Andy Carroll has rejoined Reading after Wolverhampton Wanderers considered offering the former Liverpool, West Ham and Newcastle United striker a fresh start in the Premier League, via The Reading Chronicle .
It’s never a good look when a club is discussing the free transfer window just days after the transfer window closes.
But while Wolves’ interest in Carroll – and the potential signing of Diego Costa – has raised plenty of eyebrows, this is more the result of bad luck than mismanagement.
After all, Wolves surely couldn’t have expected to lose Sasa Kajadzic to an ACL injury after just 45 minutes of football in Old Gold. The Austrian will now be sidelined until 2023.
With Raul Jimenez also struggling, Kalajdzic’s most ill-timed injury absence left Bruno Lage without a single senior centre-forward ahead of Diego Costa’s shock return on English soil.
Wolves select Diego Costa ahead of Andy Carroll
According to The Mirror , former Three Lions ace Carroll was considered a back-up option by Wolves, who assumed their pursuit of Costa would be hit by work permit issues.
Instead, the 33-year-old is back at Reading; aiming to follow up on the two goals he scored during his short spell at Madejski last season.
“I’m really pleased to have Andy with us,” says Royals boss Paul Ince. “Obviously a striker with his prowess gives us strength and a combative presence at the top of the pitch. I’m sure that will translate into goals.
He is a leader on and off the field. Having trained with us all this week, I can already see the positive effect he will have on the players. And the encouragement he will no doubt give to the fans.”
“Andy is a striker with a proven pedigree,” added Head of Football Operations Mark Bowen. “Andy is above all a top professional. So I’m delighted he’s decided to come back to Reading!”
Carroll’s arrival comes after the Royals missed out on another ex-England international; Southampton’s forgotten man Theo Walcott.
Meanwhile, the Wolves are eyeing another free agent. Jason Denayer is still without a club after leaving Lyon in July.
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