Andy Carroll passed tests at FC Brugge

Andy Carroll passed tests at FC Brugge

Carl Hoefkens and the Jan Breydel sports unit are looking for a goalscorer. And, for the moment, the gaze is mainly turned towards England. Benik Afobe (29), the Congolese striker from Stoke City, is on the list of candidates. The one who was trained at Arsenal and scored 10 Premier League goals does not hide being charmed by the advances of Bruges either.

But Club Brugge have also identified Andy Carroll (33) as a potential target. The former England international underwent physical, technical, medical and mental tests at Belfius Basecamp on Thursday. He is, in the eyes of the Club, a low-risk opportunity since the contract which binds him to West Brom expires on June 30. It remains to be seen whether the test results will actually lead to the signing of a contract.

Trained at Newcastle, Carroll signed for Liverpool in 2011. The Reds paid €41m for his services at the time. After his failure on the banks of the Mersey, the Englishman then went through West Ham, Newcastle (a second time, therefore), Reading and West Brom. Intractable in the air and solid in the duel, questions have always existed about his rather questionable lifestyle. In 2011, Fabio Capello, then coach of the English national team, had reproached him for his consumption of alcohol in particular. “He never bought me a drink and yet we went to a concert together”had quipped Kenny Dalglish, his coach at Liverpool at the time.

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