Andy Carroll's seemingly imminent move to West Ham United on a permanent basis is on the verge of collapse after the striker demanded £100,000 a week to move from Liverpool ESPN reports.
The Hammers paid the entirety of the England International's £80,000 a week Anfield salary while he was on loan at Upton Park last season, but the London club's budget is unlikely to stretch to a pay increase on top of a £15 million transfer fee.
The 24 year-old, who only managed seven Premier League goals last season, has shocked club officials with his demands, with a deal thought to be on the verge of completion.
Manager Sam Allardyce has already moved for a replacement, with a £14.5 million offer for Seville forward Alvaro Negredo rejected yesterday.
After several improved performances towards the end of last season, United were hoping to secure a permanent deal for the giant striker, with a fee already agreed with Carroll's parent club Liverpool, who are eager to have the £35 million flop off their wage bill.
But the Geordie - who is currently out for four months with an ankle injury - will have his request for a 20% pay increase turned down by the Hammers.
A compromise is still a possibility, with the club set to make a fresh offer later this week, but what previously appeared a foregone conclusion in terms of a transfer is now very much back in the balance.
Carroll could still attract interest from former club Newcastle United, for whom he scored 31 goals in 80 appearances between 2006 and 2011, but the Magpies have so far denied any interest.
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