CHERRIES are reportedly “lining up a late move” for striker Andy Carroll, if the frontman leaves Reading.

The Sun claim Scott Parker’s side are keen to have Carroll as an option for the rest of the season.

The 33-year-old has also been linked with Burnley after the Clarets sold Chris Wood to Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United.

Former Newcastle, West Ham and Liverpool ace Carroll has scored two goals in eight games for the Royals but his contract reportedly ran out with them last week.

Head coach Scott Parker briefly played alongside Carroll during the striker’s breakthrough on Tyneside.

He also featured alongside him at international level for England.

Speaking after Cherries’ 1-0 defeat to Hull on Saturday, the Cherries boss insisted he would like to see some additions to his ranks.

Asked whether he expected a busy week in the market, Parker told the Daily Echo: “I think we need some help in that.

“Look, we are a very young squad and we have done incredibly well to put ourselves in the position we are in.

“But I think it’s fair to say there’s elements in certain positions where we just need a little bit of help, quality and hopefully this next week or so we will be able to do that.”