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Hammers not keen on high price tag for England striker.
West Ham look set to turn down the chance to sign Andy Carroll on a permanent deal according to .
The Geordie target-man has spent this season on loan at Upton Park hoping to impress the Hammers’ management as he seeks to find a new home.
Carroll had hoped to persuade Irons boss Sam Allardyce of his value as the former Bolton and Blackburn gaffer is a known proponent of a more direct style of football that suits the former Newcastle player’s game.
Carroll’s hopes look likely to be dashed however with the news that Allardyce is weighing up other possibilities.
The biggest obstacle to any potential move is the high transfer fee the England international would still require. His parent club Liverpool have accepted they are likely to make a heavy loss on the £35 million they paid for him to Newcastle, but are keen to recoup at least half that amount and have slapped a £18 million price tag on the player.
On top of that, Carroll’s wage demands come in at somewhere close to £84,000 a week which would require the London club to break their wage structure.
A source close to West Ham said ‘The move for Carroll is just too expensive. In the current economic climate, £17 million plus £84K a week wages over four years would add up to around £33 million and we need to cut our cloth.’