Londoners can’t afford Carroll.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has ruled out a dramatic late move for Liverpool’s unwanted striker Andy Carroll but admits he would like to sign one or two new players before Friday’s transfer deadline.
The Hammers had an £18m bid for the England international accepted in July but the striker rejected the chance to move to Upton Park.
Allardyce has now admitted that a fresh bid for Carroll is unlikely because the club’s financial situation has changed in the past month, following the £10.75m signing of Matt Jarvis from Wolves.
Liverpool want to sell Carroll to raise funds for new faces but have so far been unable to find a taker for the powerful hit-man, but Allardyce told Sky Sports: “I don’t know whether that benefits me or not.
“Our problem is I have since moved on financially. When I first went for Andy Carroll I could afford him, whether I could now is a different matter.
“At the very best I think one player will be joining us before the deadline tomorrow.
“Hopefully we can achieve that and get a quality player who could add to the team and the squad and make an impact almost immediately.”
Midfielder Mark Noble and striker Carlton Cole have been linked with moves away from Upton Park, but Allardyce insisted: “We’ve had no bids.
“Would we welcome any bids? No.”
Nicky Maynard, who scored in the Capital One Cup win over Crewe on Tuesday, has also been linked with Cardiff.
Allardyce added: “There’s been some interest in Nicky but there has been nobody that has encouraged us to try to sell, that goes for all the players.”
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