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Andy Carroll wants Chelsea move as transfer talks begin — report

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It’s no longer a story we can laugh off, Chelsea and Andy Carroll, even if it may actually be a worse love story that Twilight.

Earlier today, Sky Sports claimed that after West Ham rejected Chelsea’s overtures over a potential loan move, the Blues shifted into second gear and were open to a potential permanent transfer instead.

To continue that metaphor, we are now starting press on the accelerator. According to the Telegraph’s Matt Law, the approach has been made and talks are underway.

Initial reports have claimed that the Hammers would want their full asking price of £35m, but perhaps we can negotiate them down from that figure. Far, far ... way far down, hopefully.

Law adds that Carroll himself is interested in the move as well, even if it would not guarantee him more playing time than he has been getting at West Ham (which prompted him to start looking for a way out in the first place!). Chelsea do have unnamed other targets on the shortlist as well, but this is the only story that’s making any sort of headway.

Heady days.