Hammers trump Toon with huge offer for Carroll.
West Ham have made a £17 million bid for unwanted Liverpool striker Andy Carroll – but the England man is holding out for a move back to Newcastle.
West Ham’s offer, which would see Carroll move initially on loan with a commitment to buy the 23-year-old next summer, would break the club’s existing transfer record but Carroll is not interested in a move to east London, reports the BBC.
It is understood that the Geordie powerhouse would prefer a return to the north east if he is forced out of Anfield.
Newcastle remain interested in re-signing the star but are unwilling to get close to Liverpool’s £20 million asking price and boss Alan Pardew has urged the Reds to cut their losses on Carroll.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants to build his team around the 6’3″ hit-man and hopes that Carroll’s friendship with Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan can help persuade him to change his mind.
If the deal goes through, it will smash West Ham’s existing transfer record – currently the £7.5 they paid Liverpool for Craig Bellamy in 2007.
Jack Sullivan, son of David Sullivan, the West Ham co-owner, added to the speculation by tweeting: “Dad is working on the biggest signing in the history of the club – twice as big as anything the club have done before!”
Carroll is reportedly furious that he hasn’t been given a fair chance at Anfield under new boss Brendan Rodgers.
And the Northern Irish tactician has moved to distance himself from suggestions that Carroll does not fit into his preferred style of play.
“Andy is a terrific young player,” Rodgers said. “I had a brief chat with all the lads and over the next couple of weeks I’ll be able to speak to them with more confidence and on a one-to-one basis.
“There is no doubt he is a terrific talent. There has been a lot of unfair criticism aimed towards Andy. He is a player who can play in a number of styles and it was a wee bit unfair on him to say he couldn’t fit into the way I would want to play.
“We’ve got a number of very, very talented players in the group, of which Andy is one.”
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