West Ham will not trigger the Andy Carroll clause set out in the loan agreement with Liverpool, according to reports. The English international will return to Anfield at the end of the season.

However, the former Newcastle player will face a tough time and an uncertain future back in Liverpool. The Reds signed Daniel Sturridge in January, and Brendan Rodgers has already made it clear that there is no room for £35m striker in the Liverpool squad.

The value of his transfer from Newcastle to Liverpool was very controversial and never fully understood by the Reds' fans and the truth is Carroll never justified such investment.

Hammer's boss Sam Allardyce believes Carroll hasn't done enough to justify a £17m investment or a £84,000 weekly pay-cheque. With that being said, West Ham will now turn their attention to Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, and a summer transfer is now on the table.

Ever since Carroll moved to Upton Park, injuries have been a constant problem for the striker. So much so that he has only played 15 games so far and has only been able to score for three times this season.

But despite his poor performance, West Ham is doing a rather calm and carefree season so far and is currently in 12th place in their first season back in Barclays Premier League after one year in the Championship.


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