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Andy Carroll won’t be scaling the backs of defenders in the Chinese Super League anytime soon.

West Ham United has rejected bids from Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune, and Shandong Luneng for its strapping frontman, according to Sky Sports sources, with the cash-rich clubs desperate to make last-minute additions before the league’s transfer deadline on Tuesday.

Since making a season-long loan permanent at the Hammers for £17.5 million in 2013, Carroll has been plagued by injuries but, when called upon, has fashioned a commendable strike rate of a goal every 181 minutes. This season has been particularly fruitful, highlighted by a beautiful scissored overhead kick against Crystal Palace on Jan. 14, but he’s missed the last two matches with an undisclosed malady – an issue Sky Sports believes is with his groin.

Manager Slaven Bilic will be hoping to fast track Carroll back to fitness with a visit from table-topping Chelsea coming up next Monday.

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