The big striker is being linked with a loan switch from Liverpool to Upton Park, and former Hammers’ favourite Gale believes it could get his career back on track.
He told Hawskbee & Goldstein: “It [the story] is building up a head of steam, and West ham could be good for him. The fans there love a trier and there’s no doubt Andy is a trier.
“And with the links to Sam [Allardyce] and Kevin Nolan, it could fit. You don’t move for friendships’ sake but Kevin had a big influence on him at Newcastle and tried to help him when he had a few wild times.”
AC Milan are also reportedly keen to take the 23-year-old forward to Italy, and Gale feels that whatever the future holds for the England forward, it will be away from Anfield.
“I don’t think Carroll will fit into Brendan Rodgers’ style of play at Liverpool, with the way the ball is moved about,” he added. “If Liverpool play that way, which they will, you’d think it will have to be [Luis] Suarez up front, so you wonder where Andy would fit in.
“Brendan is pretty set in the way he wants to play and he’s going to stick to that philosophy – three in midfield, two out wide, one up front – but the movement and the way they interchange won’t suit Andy.
“If you’ve got a centre-forward like Andy Carroll you have to play to his strengths.
“The style would be different at West Ham. I’m not saying it would be all long ball, but if you get wide and get crosses in that’s when he’s at his best.
“He’s still raw, he’s not got a lot of experience, and he needs game time. But when he’s at his best, and you saw that at Newcastle, he’s a handful – a proper, old-fashioned handful - and they’re a rare breed.
“Strikers are the difference between staying in the Premier League and going out of it. And if someone like Carroll becomes available you’ve got to get him in. Staying in the Premier League is vital.”