Sunday Telegraph: Monaco chase Carroll, West Ham eye Lukaku & Stoke to land Bony

The Telegraph’s Jason Burt has a busy transfer piece in his broadsheet on Sunday.

In on article, the Telegraph link moneybags Monaco with a move for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, West Ham re said to be hoping to sign Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku on loan, and the excellent Vitesse Arnhem striking sensation Wilfried Bony is apparently on his way to Stoke City.

Breaking down each story, Burt begins his article claiming:

Monaco have made a surprise inquiry for England striker Andy Carroll, who is set to leave Liverpool this summer… West Ham want to secure Carroll on a permanent deal but they are reluctant to pay Liverpool the £16 million they are demanding for the 24-year-old… Newcastle United, who sold Carroll to Liverpool for £35 million in January 2011, are also in the running.

After that bombshell, Burt finished his article with two more pieces of juicy transfer gossip.

West Ham have already registered their interest, along with a number of other Premier League clubs, in Romelu Lukaku should Chelsea decide to send the Belgian international back out on loan next season after the forward spent this season at West Bromwich Albion.

West Ham have also held talks to sign the prolific Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony, although Stoke City appear the favourites to sign the Ivorian should he move to England.

The reason these rumours need to be taken slightly more seriously than usual is that the Telegraph are not a newspaper who often peddle baseless gossip. That historical pattern aside, though, each of the stories themselves could likely prove to be garbage.

Whilst Andy Carroll may well fancy a handsome payoff to join Monaco, the mega-rich French outfit, who have just been promoted back to Ligue 1, will surely be hoping to sign higher calibre, bigger-named players on their return to the big time. On the other hand, Carroll would likely prove an excellent asset should Monaco sign the England international.

As for West Ham’s pursuit of Romelu Lukaku, the biggest question is why wouldn’t Chelsea want the striker themselves. The burly Belgian has been superb for West Brom for much of the season, and plenty of teams would love to have the next Didier Drogba on their books.

Wilfried Bony is perhaps the maddest story of the lot.

Bony is arguably the hottest centre-forward currently available in Europe. He has been almost untouchable in the Eredivisie this season, where the 24-year-old Ivorian striker won the golden boot with 31 goals in just 30 matches this season.

If Stoke could buy Bony it would be a major coup for Tony Pulis.

Highlights of Andy Carroll and Wilfried Bony fro this season can be seen below.