England attacker has finally found some form in front of goal this campaign.
West Ham United midfield player Joe Cole wants on-loan front man Andy Carroll to remain at Upton Park beyond the end of this season, reports the Metro.
The giant England international has spent the entire campaign in the east end of London after parent club Liverpool deemed Carroll surplus to requirements last summer.
And the 24-year-old striker has responded by recapturing some of the blistering form in front of goal that first persuaded the Reds to fork out a club-record £35 million in order to secure his services from Newcastle United in January 2011.
Carroll has netted seven times in 22 outings for West Ham so far this season, with his goals going a long way towards keeping Sam Allardyce’s side in the Premier League.
However, whether the club will be able to come up with the cash to meet Liverpool’s £17m valuation of the attacker is still very much open to debate, with West Ham valuing Carroll at nearer the £10m mark.
“West Ham definitely want to keep Andy Carroll,” Cole said.
“I don’t know the ins and outs of the deal but the way he’s been playing in the last couple of weeks you can understand why Liverpool paid £35m for him a couple of years ago.
“I think all the boys want him to stay at West Ham. He’s (his own) man, though, and he has his own agenda.
” don’t know what Liverpool are thinking and I’m sure there will be other clubs in for him. West Ham would like to keep him, he’s our top scorer. He’s got to do what’s right for him, though.”