Hammers had hoped to seal Geordie’s transfer at some point this week.
West Ham United have absolutely no intention whatsoever of meeting Liverpool front man Andy Carroll’s exhorbitant wage demands in order for the Hammers to be able to tie up a £15.5 million permanent deal for the player, says the Daily Mirror.
The giant England international spent the whole of the previous campaign out on loan at Upton Park, having been deemed surplus to requirements by parent club Liverpool last summer.
And the 24-year-old made quite an impression in the East End of London, managing to find the back of the net on seven occasions in just 23 Premier League fixtures for the struggling outfit, form in front of goal that ultimately ended up keeping Sam Allardyce’s men in the top flight.
However, despite West Ham and the Merseyside giants agreeing a fee for the permanent transfer of the powerful striker, Carroll himself has still to settle his personal terms with the Londoners, with the former Newcastle United player demanding a weekly wage packet of £100,000, a figure the Hammers cannot meet.
Allardyce, though, is still insistent that West Ham want to sign the player, saying: “At this moment in time, our first priority is signing Andy Carroll, if we can.”