England striker Andy Carroll was threatened with a gun in an attempted robbery as he drove home from training this afternoon.
The 27-year-old was driving home from West Ham’s Rush Green training ground in Romford, Essex, when he was threatened by two men riding motorbikes.
The two men gestured that they had a gun and attempted to block the striker’s £100,000 Mercedes G-Wagon as he tried to speed away.
Carroll raced back to the training ground where club staff are understood to have called police at around 12.30pm today.
The suspects chased Carroll to the training ground but had fled the scene before police arrived.
The Met Police is now investigating the attempted robbery.
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “Police were called at around 12:45hrs on Wednesday, 2 November, to reports of two males on motorcycles attempting to rob the driver of a car in Romford Road, Chigwell.
“The two men threatened the driver and intimated through gesture that they were in possession of a gun. The motorcyclists attempted to block the car as the driver sought to get away.
“The driver of the car – a man aged in his 20s – was able to manoeuvre away and he called police for assistance. The suspects rode off prior to the arrival of police.
“The driver of the car was spoken to and an allegation of attempted robbery was recorded. Officers from Redbridge CID are investigating.
“There has been no arrest at this early stage.
Carroll is said to have been ‘shaken and stunned’ as he ran into the training ground reception and asked for security assistance.
A club statement said: “West Ham United can confirm an incident targeting one of our players on Wednesday 2 November. The matter is now being handled by the police.”
The forward is reported to be making “steady progress” in his recovery from a knee injury picked up in the Europa League game against Astra Giurgiu in August.