West Ham agree fee for Liverpool’s Andy Carroll
It is understood Liverpool agreed weeks ago to accept a fee of £15 million, rising with various add-ons, to get the 24-year-old striker off their wage bill.
With the Hammers willing to pay the asking price for a player that cost £35 million when joining the Reds from Newcastle in January 2011, the only barrier to the transfer is Carroll himself, who has spoken fondly of his season-long loan at Upton Park.
A major consideration for the England international, recently recalled to Roy Hodgson’s squad, will be the implications of a pay cut at Upton Park. But with a World Cup just 12 months away, Carroll has to weigh up whether he would be better off playing regularly with little likelihood of first-team football under Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
“I have enjoyed every minute of being here,” Carroll told whufc.com. “I have just tried to play my best, score goals and keep myself fit once I got back from the injuries I had.
“I have worked hard to get myself back in the England squad, trying to play my best for West Ham, so I am really pleased about that. I just have to make sure I keep playing well to stay in there.
“I have had a great season here at West Ham, really enjoyed being part of a great set of lads in the team. This is a great club.”