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West Ham agree Carroll fee

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Carroll Liverpool loanACCORDING 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.
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“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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  • Alex Parnter says:

    What a great player can not understand why you would let him go over borini but thanks alot 🙂 COYI !!!

    • Neil Patterson says:

      Fair enough mate, seems like we’re all happy then. I’d question his mentality. He’s happy to throw in a worldie every so often, but too fond of resting on his laurels. Doesn’t push himself hard enough to be a winner. As for Borini, I think you’ll be hearing a lot more from him; he’s our Inzaghi our Hernandez if you like. Won’t do much but he’ll score goals, especially late in games.

  • Tommy says:

    What a waste . And Borini? Total rubbish

  • phillips says:

    i think borini will pick up next season. Thanks to andy, he doesnt fit in the kind of play lfc plays. we also need the likes of remy, eriskson and ben afra.

  • Ibrahim says:

    Carroll was never a Liverpool type player, KKD signed him on the fact he is big strong and he already had the little guy Suarez more or else on the books; the decision was made on a whim in the hope that it will work out well. Carroll, yes he is fantastic asset in set pieces and you could hit the ball long to him to hold it up etc but is that really worth 35m and about 90k a week in wages? I don’t think so as he lacks pace, which is crucial if you want to hit strong team on the counter and not give them the confidence to push up high on the pitch. He as we have seen fits into Big Sams style of play hitting it long and hoping players get the first and second knock downs.

    As for Borini, he currently in his own way is as good as Andy, but needs to build on muscle mass i.e. strength, in him I think we may have a decent player that may pop up in the right place at the right time signs of which he has already shown without being too clinical or strong enough to take his opportunities.

    If we can get Kyriakos Papadolous, Illori, Lucas Digne, Wanyama, and Eriksen we will be cooking on gas next season

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