West Ham United hope to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool for just £10m.
SOURCE: The Daily Mail
West Ham United head coach Sam Allardyce is hoping to be able to persuade those in charge of transfers at Liverpool to allow giant striker Andy Carroll to join the East End club for as little as £10 million when the season comes to an end.
The 24-year-old front man is currently spending a season-long loan at Upton Park from Anfield, but when the Merseysiders agreed the deal with the Hammers, the price that they set for the loan to turn into a permanent deal come the summer was £17m.
That fee though is likely to prove too steep for the struggling top-flight outfit, especially when they take into account both his record in front of goal for the club since he has been in the capital and his poor fitness record.
The England international has scored just five times in 17 Premier League appearances for West Ham, while in that time the attacker has also suffered two separate injuries – the first a hamstring strain in September followed by a knee problem in November.
As a result, it is easy to understand the club’s reluctance to meet the Reds’ asking price, but that leaves Carroll and Liverpool in quite the quandary.
The big striker would naturally like to move on to somewhere where he is a valued member of the first team squad, which doesn’t appear to be the case at Anfield.
Because of that, Liverpool are struggling to recoup nearly as much of the £35m outlay they paid Newcastle United in January 2011.
At least one party in the deal is going to have to compromise, and West Ham are clearly hoping to be the beneficiaries.