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ANDY CARROLL has officially completed a move to West Brom until the end of the season.

The striker recently left Reading upon the expiry of his short-term deal.

Andy Carroll proved his fitness during a recent stint at ReadingCredit: Rex

Carroll, 33, had joined the Royals on just £1,000-a-week as he aimed to prove his fitness and quality.

And he has impressed enough in his eight Championship outings to bag himself a deal at high-flying West Brom.

West Brom have moved for Carroll following the injury to new January signing Daryl Dike.

Speaking about the ex-Newcastle man's arrival, Baggies head coach Valerien Ismael said: “Andy is a player who is able to help us straight away. He is ready and brings with him all the attributes we need. It could be a win-win situation for us.

“The fact Andy has played plenty of games for Reading recently is great. He’s fit after playing those games and he’s scored goals during that short-term deal. Hopefully Andy can now score goals for us. 

“After the Dike injury we assessed the situation, because it is a big loss, and it was clear that he had made an impact in that short time. We needed to replace him, and we are pleased to welcome Andy who has a lot of experience.”

The Baggies are currently fifth in the table, four points off the automatic promotion spots.

Carroll scored twice during his spell at Reading, in a win against Swansea and in his final appearance against Middlesbrough.

He also grabbed an assist against Derby County.

But his time at the Madejski may well be remembered most for two efforts that didn't count.

Carroll netted two worldies against Fulham earlier this month... only for both to be disallowed for offside.

The first saw him fire an overhead kick into the back of the net.


While the other saw him unleash a stonking volley after chesting the ball down outside the box.

To add further insult, the Royals went on to lose 7-0.

Carroll left Newcastle at the end of last season after hardly featuring for Steve Bruce.

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Andy Carroll barely played for the Toon last termCredit: AFP