West Ham reportedly agree Carroll deal
It has been reported that West Ham have agreed a deal with Liverpool to bring Andy Carroll to Upton Park on an initial loan deal.
However it is thought that the England striker is reluctant to relocate to the capital for the upcoming season.
It is thought that the deal between the clubs will see West Ham pay an initial £2 million for the 23-year-old, with a view to paying £17 million to take him permanently at the end of the season were the Hammers to avoid relegation.
It was reported that Liverpool, who paid Newcastle £35 million for Carroll in a transfer deadline day deal in 2011, were reluctant to let him go out on loan, with the Reds more keen on a permanent deal. However West Ham’s proposal has seemingly ticked the boxes required.
However Carroll has stated his intent to prove himself at Anfield, so a move to the East End may not please the targetman.
The arrival of Fabio Borini from Roma has seemingly pushed Carroll down Liverpool’s striking pecking order, with Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy providing alternatives to new manager Brendan Rodgers.
The possibility has been raised that Liverpool’s acceptance of West Ham’s £19 million package bid will start a bidding war, with Carroll’s former club Newcastle also very interested in bringing the striker back to Tyneside. It is thought that Carroll himself is only keen on a move back to St. James’ Park if he is to leave Liverpool at all.
This saga looks set to continue, with Liverpool, West Ham, Newcastle and Carroll himself all seemingly pulling in different directions, a quick outcome seems unlikely.
Matthew Galea (@mg91) posted on Twitter ‘I would love to know why any club would even think to pay 13m for Andy Carroll when United are actively trying to sell Berbatov for less.’
Ed Goodall (@jardinegoodall) posted ‘think a move away from liverpool is wise for andy carroll. whether west ham is the right club is another matter. newc waiting on ba progress’.
Matthew James Hunt (@mj_hunt89) tweeted ‘If Andy Carroll leaves Liverpool it will be the worst bit of business in football HISTORY!! And I will be fuming.’
However Richard Mathers (@RichardMathers) pointed out ‘Everyone moaning about £27m it cost for opening Olympic ceremony, it's £8m cheaper than Andy Carroll cost Liverpool... #perspective’