West Ham are reportedly closing in on a deal to bring Liverpool striker Andy Carroll to the club on a permanent basis.
Carroll joined the Hammers on a season-long loan from Liverpool at the start of the campaign, and the Daily Express claims that the centre-forward is top of manager Sam Allardyce’s summer shopping list.
According to the Daily Express, negotiations between the two clubs remain ongoing though. West Ham are prepared to pay £12million for the forward, whilst the Reds wish to recoup half of the £35million they paid for Britain’s record signing just two and a half years ago.
Carroll is very keen on a switch to Upton Park and has told his agent to ensure the deal goes through, having grown a strong relationship with the Hammers fans and manager Allardyce. The 24-year-old’s willingness to move to east London is likely to be a major factor in pushing the deal through this summer.
Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is also believed to want Carroll out of the Merseyside club as the 6ft4in striker does not fit in with Rodgers’ philosophy of attacking, possession football.
Former club Newcastle have also shown an interest in Gateshead-born Carroll but are unlikely to be able to meet his £90,000 wage demands.
One player expected to leave Upton Park this summer is versatile midfielder Gary O’Neill. The 29-year-old is out of contract this summer, however, the former Portsmouth man hopes he has done enough to earn himself a new deal.
O'Neil said: “The lads are all great and I have enjoyed being around the squad even when I haven’t been playing.
“For the two full seasons that I have been here, we have had a promotion and a good season in the Premier League. So it has been successful.”
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