Date: 22nd May 2013 at 9:23am
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ACCORDING to various media sources, West Ham United have today agreed a fee with Liverpool Football Club with regard to the permanent transfer of Andy Carroll to Upton Park.

The Guardian, the BBC and Sky Sports, amongst others, report that the East London Club have tabled a bid believed to be in the region of £15m for the striker who is currently on-loan in the Capital.

Carroll, who infamously cost Liverpool £35m to bring to Anfield two and a half seasons ago, managed just six goals in forty four appearances for the club, and never looked likely to fit into Brendan Rodgers’s Liverpool side.

Despite suffering several injuries during the course of his season-long loan with the Hammers, Carroll’s seven Premier League goals, and recent good form, has been enough to convince Sam Allardyce to push the boat out to land the big striker.

When asked about the upcoming season after his team’s last day victory over Reading at Upton Park, Allardyce said:

“If we can start with Andy Carroll, that would be a great achievement for us as he can only get better and better. Andy is a player who is wanting to enjoy his football.

“He lives for his football and wants to play every game. He wants to use his strengths and score as many as he can – but he also works very hard for the team.”

The ball is reportedly now in Andy Carroll’s court, it will be up to him to decide whether he wants to move permanently or not.

With Newcastle’s interest having waned following their January influx and flirtation with relegation, the England man may find he has limited opportunities for first team football outside of West Ham, in a season which culminates in the World Cup.

With the fee agreed and Liverpool keen to sell, it seems likely that Carroll will move on, his brief spell at Anfield unlikely to live long in the memory.

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