It has been confirmed that Liverpool and West Ham United have agreed a fee of £15m for England forward Andy Carroll.
Having spent the past season on loan at the Hammers following the arrival of manager Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, it seems certain that the Newcastle-born striker will head to London permanently ahead of next season.
The arrival of Rodgers at Liverpool and his style of football meant that Carroll was never going to be a part of his plans. And having cost the club a whopping £35 million, a record fee for any British player, it would of been hard to leave him at home each weekend, or even sit him on the bench.
Despite his obvious qualities, such as his ariel threat, Carroll was in need of a move if he was to get the first-team action he craved. His poor record in a Liverpool shirt, scoring just 6 times in 44 appearances also helped to usher him towards the exit door, even if it was just on a temporary basis at the time.
A loan switch to Upton Park this season has seen him recalled to the England squad under Roy Hodgson, only for a heel injury to force him to withdraw from the latest squad for the friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil. And having impressed manager Sam Allardyce during his spell with West Ham, with the lanky forward bagging seven goals in 24 appearances, in a season that has seen him dogged by injury.
"If we can start with Andy Carroll, that would be a great achievement for us as he can only get better and better," Allardyce said after the game against Reading.
"Andy is a player who is wanting to enjoy his football. He lives for his football and wants to play every game. He wants to use his strengths and score as many as he can - but he also works very hard for the team."
Having fallen out of favour at Liverpool since his dramatic arrival, it seems as though Carroll has found himself a club and manager that can accommodate him in their attacking line.
The belief from Allardyce is clear as he is willing to make this move permanent, despite a season hampered by injury. And should Carroll make the move permanent for next season, he will be leading the line for West Ham next season - and a good campaign should see him secure a place in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
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