Pat Nevin questions why Chelsea would sign 29-year-old striker

The Chelsea legend doesn't believe the defending champions should sign West Ham striker Andy Carroll

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Pat Nevin has questioned whether Andy Carroll would be a good addition to the Chelsea team.

The Blues have been linked with a surprise move to sign the England international from West Ham United in the January transfer window.

Antonio Conte has made no secret of his desire to add more numbers – and quality – to his Chelsea squad in the current month.

Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata in a £58m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer but the Spanish forward has struggled during the festive schedule.

His understudy Michy Batshuayi has failed to convince the Chelsea manager and has been linked with a potential exit in January.

Reports earlier last week suggested that Chelsea were considering a shock swoop to sign former Liverpool striker Carroll.

The 29-year-old’s Premier League career has been ravaged by injury problems, despite his reputation as a brilliant target man.

Former Chelsea winger Nevin admitted that he was surprised to see Carroll linked with a potential move to the defending champions.

“He wouldn’t be my first choice purely because the type of play Chelsea player is quite intricate,” Nevin told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Andy is a great attacker. Possibly the best attacker of the ball in the business. It can be quite one dimensional at times.

“I’m not sure Chelsea are that type of the team. When you are getting to the end of the Champions League, and trying to Manchester City, I don’t know if that is the answer.”

Chelsea signed England midfielder Ross Barkley in a £15m deal from Everton in the January transfer window.

The Blues have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons.

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