BOURNEMOUTH are lining up a late move for Andy Carroll if he leaves Reading.
Carroll scored twice in eight games on a short-term deal with the Royals.
But his contract ran out last week and the promotion-chasing Cherries are keen to have Carroll as an option for the rest of the season.
Bournemouth can offer more money in wages than Reading - who are under transfer restrictions.
And they could also tempt the former Newcastle and Liverpool star with a promotion bonus.
Carroll, 33, has also been linked with Premier League strugglers Burnley but Clarets chief Sean Dyche is yet to commit himself.
Bournemouth boss Scott Parker originally wanted Kieffer Moore from Championship rivals Cardiff.
But the Wales international’s price tag is high and Carroll would be an ideal alternative.
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Reading were confident last week the striker would sign a new deal at the Madejski.
Boss Veljko Paunovic said after Carroll scored against Middlesbrough: “It’s a technical issue in terms of his contract expiring today but that doesn't mean that he’ll leave.
“His performances in his time with us will bring him opportunities.
“But in my conversation with him I only felt that there’s a desire from his end to remain with us.
But the towering forward is now a free agent and able to listen to offers from the Vitality Stadium.
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