West Ham United assistant manager Neil McDonald has hailed the signing of Andy Carroll and mocked the striker's former club Liverpool.

The Hammers confirmed the permanent transfer of the striker yesterday for a club record £15m after he impressed during a loan spell at Upton Park last season.

He was a £35m signing for Liverpool in 2011 but Brendan Rodgers believed the 24-year-old could not fit into the team's passing philosophy.

But McDonald has mocked Liverpool for selling Carroll, stating that the England international is capable of adapting to different playing styles.

“It’s obviously their [Liverpool’s] loss and our gain," McDonald said, speaking on the talkSPORT Drive Time show. "They want to play out from the back and play through midfield and try to score the perfect goal whereas we have got a really good mixture.

"We can go long, we can play into our forwards, who can hold it up and get it wide, and we have got people who can cross the ball."

Carroll scored seven times during his season long loan spell at West Ham, making 24 appearances. He was injured for much of the time at the start of the season before recovering to put in some impressive performances.

McDonald hopes that the former Newcastle United player can score more goals next campaign and believes that he is still young enough to improve.

"When you put the ball in the danger area that gives people chances and we are just hoping Andy can get on to a lot of them chances in the box and score more goals than he did last year," he added.

“I don’t think he’s an old-school striker. He has got a great touch, he has got a great understanding. Even his crossing, when he gets into wide positions, is very good.

"I think all-round we have got a fantastic player who is still young enough to improve, who wants to improve.”

West Ham achieved a respectable tenth-place finish last season on their return to the Premier League with the help of Carroll's goals.

McDonald feels that with Carroll and more 'class players' West Ham can improve on that next season.

“It’s a marquee signing for the football club and it shows what we are trying to do,” he continued. “We are trying to sign good players to push the club on. We finished tenth last year, which was great, and we want to 

try and improve on that.

"We can only do that by signing class players and Andy Carroll is a class player."


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