Liverpool have given Andy Carroll a £1million parachute payment to force him out of the club.
Liverpool were so desperate to offload record-signing Andy Carroll, they paid him £1million to join West Ham permanently, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Reds were fearful the £15million deal would collapse, as Carroll had stalled signing a contract with West Ham, with whom he spent last season on loan. To avoid this, Liverpool increased their asking price, to cover the money they have now paid Carroll.
The payoff shows Liverpool’s desperation to get rid of the player, who still holds the record for the highest fee ever paid for an Englishman.
Liverpool have made a £20million loss on the rangy England striker that Kenny Dalglish signed from Newcastle in 2011. Carroll scored 11 goals in 58 appearances for Liverpool, and was loaned out to West Ham last year after Brendan Rodgers saw no future for him at Anfield. The striker’s direct and combative approach does not fit Rodgers’ slick passing game.
Despite only scoring seven goals for West Ham, Sam Allardyce has broken the clubs transfer record to snap up the powerful striker permanently.
Carroll has vowed to improve on this tally after completing the move earlier in the week.
He said: “I am going to give it my all, to hopefully get some more goals and win something.
“I can’t see why we can’t do it with the way the team is going. Getting promoted the season before last, then finishing where we did – we did great, and it can only get better for us.”