ACCORDING to BBC Sport, Liverpool have accepted an offer from Premier League new boys West Ham to take Andy Carroll on loan. The deal is believed to be worth an initial £2 million and the agreement comes with a guaranteed permanent transfer for a fee of £17 million provided West Ham avoid dropping straight back into the Championship.
Carroll who joined up with the Liverpool squad in North America last week, was a known target of Hammers’ boss Sam Allardyce and with Brendan Rodgers seemingly quick to deem Carroll surplus to requirements at Anfield, a deal has apparently been struck.
Rodgers and Liverpool had said that they would not let Carroll leave on-loan, however, with the initial payment and West Ham’s commitment to paying the whole of the £35 million striker’s sizeable wage packet, combined with the guaranteed final transfer, the offer was deemed acceptable.
Carroll, who arrived at Anfield in January 2011, had a difficult first full season in a Reds’ (although he enjoyed an upturn in form towards the back-end of last season) and had been linked with a move back to Newcastle, his boyhood club. But after having an offer turned down by Liverpool, they failed to make another.
Carroll’s departure takes a significant burden off the wage bill and could very well signal the arrival of Clint Dempsey. The American has been linked repeatedly with a move to Anfield this summer and is believed to have told his current employers, Fulham, that he has his heart set on becoming a Liverpool player.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that he had made enquiries about bringing the forward, who scored 23 goals last season, to Anfield and talks between the two clubs over his possible transfer have taken place, although no deal has been reached as yet.
Dempsey however, asked last Friday to be excused from attending Fulham’s pre-season tour in Switzerland and has instead, stayed in London to train with the youth team, prompting reports that he is more determined than ever to push through the proposed transfer at the earliest possible juncture.
Liverpool begin their season this week, when they take on Gomel of Belarus in the first leg of their Europa League qualifier, and have a further five games in August. With Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy on Olympic duty and Andy Carroll having now been moved on, the Reds are pretty shy of attacking options at the moment so the quicker Brendan Rodgers can bring somebody in, the better.