Reading’s Andy Carroll is on the verge of a surprise move to France, as the former Liverpool and Newcastle striker heads for a medical ahead of a switch to Ligue 2 side Amiens. The 32-year-old, who has been a free agent since leaving Newcastle United in the summer, is set to join the French club until the end of the season.
Carroll, who rose to prominence during his time at Newcastle before securing a £35 million move to Liverpool in 2011, has struggled with injuries throughout his career. However, he is now hoping to reignite his career in France. Amiens, currently 18th in Ligue 2, are looking to bolster their attacking options and see Carroll as a valuable addition to their squad.
The English striker’s move to Amiens comes as a surprise, with many expecting him to sign for a club in the English Football League (EFL). However, the opportunity to experience a new challenge in a different league seems to have enticed Carroll.
During his time in England, Carroll made a total of 235 Premier League appearances, scoring 47 goals. He also earned one cap for the England national team in 2012. Despite his injury struggles, Carroll has always been regarded as a strong physical presence and a threat in the air.
Amiens will be hoping that Carroll’s experience and goal-scoring ability can help them climb the Ligue 2 table and secure promotion back to Ligue 1. The French club narrowly missed out on promotion last season, finishing in fourth place.
Carroll’s move to Amiens is expected to be finalized soon, pending a successful medical examination. If all goes well, he could make his debut for the club in the coming weeks.
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